Creative Nonfiction


This course explores the various forms of creative nonfiction such as the personal essay and travel writing. Students learn about the creative possibilities in the blending of fact and fiction that occurs in literary nonfiction. They will study the skills and techniques that turn facts into compelling stories and apply them to their own writing.


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  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the various forms of creative nonfiction;

2. Demonstrate detailed understanding of and ability to practise the techniques involved in shaping the creative nonfiction text;

3. Demonstrate advanced skills in written communication and creative practice;

4. Critically analyse a variety of texts at an advanced level.


Creative nonfiction is a relatively new phenomenon which has flourished in major creative writing programs in recent years. Because of its hybrid and versatile nature, it offers exciting creative possibilities to students. Students explore the various forms it encompasses, such as the personal essay, travel writing and the literary memoir. In particular, they will learn how the best creative nonfiction works blend fact and fiction into compelling narratives. They will analyse the skills and techniques used by major writers in each form, and learn to apply them in shaping their own creative work.Particular attention will be paid to:

  • The hybrid and versatile nature of creative nonfiction
  • The features of the major forms of creative nonfiction
  • The blending of fact and fiction
  • The combination of narrative and descriptive techniques.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Short creative assignment

Essay: Critical essay

Written Assignment: Long creative assignment

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

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Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks