Fall; Grades 11–12
This workshop is generative in nature. Students produce short works in response to weekly writing prompts that culminate in an end-of-semester, annotated portfolio. Students read and respond to shared texts that chart the development of creative nonfiction as a distinct literary genre, beginning with the immersive journalism of the twentieth century and continuing to more recent developments including, but not limited to, confessional writing, speculative nonfiction, personal essay, profiles, criticism, translation, travel writing, and documentary. Topics analyzed to assist writers in their work include, but are not limited to, structure, character, setting, point of view, tone, word choice, style, and voice. Initial workshop sessions are conducted in small groups to share feedback on works-in-progress and later transition to class-wide discussions in which writers receive constructive feedback on completed works.