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This course is devoted to the development of non-fiction creative prose. Among the themes and genres engaged with will be: travel writing, psychogeography, non-academic critical writing, prose poetry, diary, memoir, and the fragment. Students will study examples across the genre and build up a portfolio of work, discussion of which will form the basis of weekly workshops.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
Creative writing students may be tempted to see their work as divided between the discipline of primary/creative writing and the secondary/critical analysis of other texts. Non-fiction prose writing exists somewhere between these two poles, combining the creative intensity of fiction or poetry writing and the analytical and research skills required for critical writing. Non-fiction comes in many forms, from the personal essay to travel and nature writing to memoir, and on this course, students will study examples of modern and contemporary non-fiction prose by major practitioners of the genre. Critical writing too will be studied, in non-academic forms such as the book review and the manifesto. Historical and theoretical contexts will be studied, but with an emphasis too on the practical and a study of the market for contemporary non-fiction, in print and online forms. Assessment will take the form of a longer piece of non-fiction and a shorter self-reflective commentary piece.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1x4000-word essay (80%), 1x1500 reflective commentary (20%).
There are no assessments for this course.