“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.” - Mark Twain
Truth may be strange, but can it also be compelling and imaginative? How do craft and truth come together on the page? Introduction to Autobiographical Non-Fiction explores how to shape factual material into creative prose. In this four-week course, we'll focus on writing short works of autobiographical and biographical non-fiction and personal essays, emphasizing the writing process itself rather than research or fact-checking. You'll develop your voice through a combination of reading and discussing selected texts, as well as participating in in-class and take home writing exercises. We encourage you to bring one or more stories you're passionate about to the first day of class.