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ENG 280 Creative Writing: Nonfiction

English 280 Creative Writing: Nonfiction

ENG 280 Creative Writing: Nonfiction

This course is intended for students interested in reading, analyzing and writing longer nonfiction pieces suitable for magazine and journal audiences. Students will read and discuss a variety of creative nonfiction works, which may include personal and expository essays, memoir, biography or travel writing, and will practice writing techniques to produce their own nonfiction works, which they will share with their fellow students. The semester will culminate in a final project of at least 2,000 words in length. 
Prerequisites: ENG* 101 with a grade of C or better, or permission of the instructor. 


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Biography in Context (Gale) - This is an excellent source that provides biographical information on over 320,000 people from throughout history, around the world and across all disciplines and subject areas.

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Oxford English Dictionary - The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

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