ENGL 812 (01) - Writing the Creative Nonfiction Book

Nonfiction Book Writing

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 16211
In this course, students learn to flesh out an idea for a book of creative nonfiction, which could either be literary journalism - a tale based on reportage - or memoir. Students focus on pulling multiple themes together in a strong narrative. By semester's end, students have written a book proposal and a first chapter. Students are asked to arrive at the first class with a topic researched enough to begin the book process. Permission of instructor required.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Instructors: Sue Hertz

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 M 9:10am - 12:00pm HS 250C
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Fall 2022 Course Details

How do you turn an idea, or an essay, or a collection of essays into a book?  In this workshop we will demystify the art of writing a book-length manuscript and begin a narrative nonfiction project’s journey from short-form to long-form. How do you develop multiple themes? Multiple characters? How do you structure a complicated narrative? How do you organize a collection of essays? We will study the art of crafting a book proposal, the essential first step towards publishing a lengthy nonfiction narrative. Because often books evolve from an essay or an article, we will explore pitching to and publishing in magazines and journals as well as Random House. A series of guest speakers, ranging from authors to agents to editors, will provide advice and insights. Readings include successful book proposals as well as narrative nonfiction books that can serve as models. Students must arrive at the first class with a topic developed enough to begin this adventure. This course is especially helpful to students immersed in writing, or are preparing to write, their thesis manuscripts. All forms of creative nonfiction are embraced.