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ENGLISH 309 Creative Nonfiction

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    Nicholas Capo, Prof. Cochran
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    A Few Big Assignments

    Lots of Writing

    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Aug 03, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It really stretched me as a writer. I usually write poetry and fiction, so having to use facts and reality in nonfiction while still maintaining my artistry and flare was definitely a learning experience.

    Course highlights:

    Peer review was my favorite thing about this course. It was so great to get feedback from my peers, because while they were always respectful they were brutally honest when need be... and even though that was sometimes difficult to hear it really took my writing to the next level.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Write all the time. Between classes, during lunch, even if you are walking across campus and an idea pops in your head STOP and write it down. You never know when a great concept or awesome line of dialogue will come to you. Free writing can yield some stellar stuff.

    • Fall 2010
    • Prof. Cochran
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Jan 12, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course to anyone wishing to not only improve their writing skills, but to those curious about what the nonfiction genre is really about. Many people automatically think textbooks when they hear "non-fiction"--however, this course showed me just how expansive the genre is, just like fiction.

    Course highlights:

    One key thing that I learned is some of the forms that non-fiction can take, such as book reviews, popular criticism, or general interest articles, much like one can find in magazines. In terms of skills, we discussed many structures and forms with which writing can take shape. There were also interesting talks about some of the articles we read.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't procrastinate on papers until the night before they're due. The peer-review workshops offered in class are immensely helpful, and the professor also offers to read drafts multiple times before they are due--and he offers valuable feedback.

    • Fall 2015
    • Nicholas Capo
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing A Few Big Assignments

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