Creative Writing Course | Essay Syllabus

01


Introduction to Essays

  • The different forms of essay and opinion writing
  • Personal essays
  • Reviews, op-eds
  • Exploratory essays, lyric essays

02


Framing and Structure

  • Creative nonfiction structure—lede, nut graf, body, kicker
  • The basics of framing

03


Purpose and Meaning

  • Your point (and you do have one)
  • Finding an essay’s guiding principle
  • The role of theme in creative nonfiction

04


Description

  • Putting the “creative” in creative nonfiction
  • Finding the right word
  • The art of selection

05


Voice

  • Elements of voice
  • Role of voice in essay writing
  • Finding your writer’s voice

06


Personal Essay

  • Blending the personal and universal
  • Using your experience to shed light on a larger subject

07


Lyric Essays

  • Nonfiction that experiments with rhythm, sound, and syntax

08


Revision

  • The art of revision

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