Write a piece of creative nonfiction, Wk 4 – Eng 294 homework help

Creative Nonfiction Story

 

Task

Write a piece of creative nonfiction. Use the examples we’re read. Look through Anderson and find other pieces that attract your attention. Go to creativenonfiction.org and poke around the online readings (https://www.creativenonfiction.org/list/type/onlinereading).

Before you submit: freewrite, think, journal, plan, write, make mistakes, fix mistakes, develop, think, revise. The path you take is as important as the product – the finished piece.

Considerations

Pay careful attention to the topics people write about. Consider the discussions of form and style and genre in Anderson and the course modules. Think about the sorts of stories you tell other people about yourself. Mull over the stories you don’t tell people about yourself.

IMPORTANT! Anything is a potential subject for a story. You may be tempted to think: nothing important has happened to me. Or: only the painful stuff is worth writing about. Neither are true. Great emotions and conflict are often the subject of writing, but they are not what creative nonfiction is about. Nonfiction is about real things. Ideas might be filtered through memory of imagination, but the kernel of truth is there. (And yes, the kernel of truth must also be in fiction, but that’s another discussion or another time.) As a reader and a teacher, I am just as happy with a silly piece as I am with dramatic work.

Our memories and experiences are the well we draw from to find a subject. Some people are comfortable telling intimate details of themselves; others are not. It can be therapeutic to write about something difficult, and it can also be disastrous. Remember that you are putting this out into the world, and your instructor and classmates will read what you write.

Audience

Consider your imagined reader – it might be the instructor or another student class or your best friend or a stranger. Your audience affects what and how you write. If you have a reader in mind, it can help you shape your ideas.

Genre

Notice that the task is not to “write a nonfiction story.” Creative nonfiction exists in a multitude of genres – story and essay are common, but there are no real limits or defining forms. What matters is the kernel of truth, the revelation of truth – not the genre.

Format requirements

  • Clean copy, proofread
  • Around 1000 words – if you need to go much shorter, don’t. If you need to go longer, that’s 100% okay.
  • Manuscript format: one inch margins, double spaced, pages numbered, standard font (I don’t care about format but many editors, publishers, and readers do.)

Grading

Story/structure

40

POV – voice

20

Language/images

20

Clarity/format

20

Total