LITT08014 2019 Writing and Practice 5
This module is an introduction to creative nonfiction. Students will read and write across a broad range of prose works including personal essays, profiles, travel writing, nature and environmental writing, journalism, narrative essays, observational or descriptive essays, general-interest technical writing, argumentative or idea-based essays, social criticism, general-interest criticism, as well as cultural and literary journalism. Students consider accuracy and fact versus fiction as they utilise creative means to express factual content.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate understanding of the processes and methods involved in the creation of nonfictional writing
Conduct primary research for nonfiction writing
Self-edit and critique the work of others
Produce appropriately structured and formulated pieces of nonfictional writing in at least three different forms or genres
Develop and demonstrate ethical and reflective practice in the production of nonfiction texts
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The teachng and learning strategy in this module is varied and includes mini-lectures, seminar discussion, presentaiton of work and critique.
Module Assessment Strategies
The assessment strategy in this module is to give learners opportunities to start writing across multiple disciplines.
Early Drafts of Brief Essays: 30%
Workshop Participation and response to reading (work of peers and assigned reading): 30%
Final Portfolio: 40%
repeat project assigned
Introduction to creative non-fiction
What is narrative or creative nonfiction?
The New Journalism
Fnding a subject
Immersion journalism vs. recreation of scenes
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Brief essasys/articles||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||30 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5|
|2||Workshop participation/response||Continuous Assessment||Performance Evaluation||30 %||OnGoing||1,3,5|
|3||Portfolio of three genres||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||40 %||End of Term||1,2,3,4,5|
The Dublin Review
The Irish Times
The Paris Review
Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son (collection of essays by noted African-American writer)
Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood
Didion, Joan. The Year of Magical Thinking
DuBois, W.E. B. The Souls of Black Folk. A classic meditation on race in America.
Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickeled and Dimed
Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.
Fuller, Alexandra. Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight
Hampl, Patricia. I Could Tell You Stories.
Hersey, John. Hiroshima.
Karr, Mary. The Liar’s Club.
Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place.
Kingsolver, Barbara. High Tide in Tucson
Kingston, Maxine Hong. China Men and The Woman Warrior.
Maathai, Wangari. Unbowed.
McPhee, John. Coming Into the Country.
Nabokov, Vladimir. Speak, Memory.
Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Sullivan, John Jeremiah. Pulphead: Essays. Farrar, Strays & Giroux, 2011
Wallace, David Foster. Consider the Lobsters.
Wolff, Tobias. This Boy’s Life. Remembrances of a boyhood, abusive stepfather.
Wright, Richard. Black Boy. African-American boyhood and politics.