ENG 135 Intro to Creative Nonfiction: Writing about Place and Travel

Pamela Petro, M W 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

Students learn to use literary techniques to write factual, engaging narratives that read like fiction. Based on research, interviews, and personal experience, creative nonfiction encompasses a wide range of genres, including memoir, travel writing, nature writing, science writing, food writing, and biography. Prerequisite: One WI course. Enrollment limited to 16.

Topic: Writing about place and Travel

Writing and reading assignments in this creative non-fiction course will draw from the linked themes of place and travel. You don't have to be a seasoned traveler to join the course; you can write about any place at all, including home. We'll also use the Smith campus and Northampton to create travel narratives, and will often work with images and creative walking exercises ("performance writing") in our assignments. You should be prepared to write frequently in class and out, read well, participate in class discussion, and be ready to explore your world with new eyes.