Course Description

492.635 - Teaching and Writing Nonfiction

This course explores various forms of nonfiction via reading and writing, including personal essays, speeches, opinion pieces, essays about art or literature, biographies, memoirs, journalism, and historical, scientific, or technical accounts written for a broad audience. Students will read nonfiction works as writers and teachers, and will practice various strategies for in-depth research (including deeper evaluation of online sources.) A primary course focus includes the selection and exploration of mentor texts for various reading levels, and nonfiction treatments of various topics, including history. Students will hone their own nonfiction writing skills to enhance clarity, precision, and grace in their work, and will learn teaching methods to encourage students' clear and coherent writing, organization and style. Course also emphasizes classroom community, interactivity, and personal engagement with instructor and classmates.