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Seminar in Creative Nonfiction

Course Description

Students write and critique each others’ original work in a workshop-style format. Through presentation and critique of published and student-generated work, students will advance their understanding of the genre’s many forms, including memoir, autobiography, nature writing, literary journalism, and the personal essay, while strengthening their own writing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate various aesthetic theories of literary nonfiction.
  • Formulate practical and theoretical models of teaching and learning the writing of literary nonfiction.
  • Critique specific works of literature in literary non-fiction.
  • Develop publishable-quality writing in literary nonfiction.
  • Evaluate different literary formats.
  • Implement craft principles of plot, characterization, style, point of view, narrative technique, and language in the creation of literary nonfiction.

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We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 150,000 alumni worldwide.

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Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

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Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

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Attend class onsite at one of over 20 campus locations across California or in Nevada.

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College of Letters and Sciences

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Rico M.
Class of 2014, Military Veteran