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Issues in Nonfiction

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In this craft class, we will discuss what it means to be a creative nonfiction writer in terms of truth (and sometimes the lack thereof) and in terms of the ethics involved in depicting real events and real people. Students will write for this craft class, mostly informal exercises designed to illuminate how these issues pertain to their own work and the work of their peers. It will also be fun—because, along the way, we’ll be reading controversial works by some of our best (and worst) contemporary writers and documentary filmmakers.