12619752195_2484b18698_o-Gary Ferguson

Creative Non-fiction

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Much of my writing instruction is centered on the creative nonfiction essay. In addition to covering the mechanics of transition, character, dialogue, and setting, the personal nonfiction essay allows writers to readily identify who they are in a given work – to forge, in other words, the beginnings of authentic voice. I also spend a fair amount of time talking to students about dramatic device, uncovering the essentials of sound storytelling through an exploration of traditional legend and myth. Lectures, exercises, and student workshopping are supplemented by various texts, including The Best American Essays and In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction.