Creative Nonfiction Assignment 2

For a text to be considered creative nonfiction, it must be factually accurate, and written with attention to literary style and technique. “Ultimately, the primary goal of the creative nonfiction writer is to communicate information, just like a reporter, but to shape it in a way that reads like fiction.”

Forms within this genre include personal essays, memoir, travel writing, food writing, biography, literary journalism, and other hybridized essays. Critic Chris Anderson claims that the genre can be understood best by splitting it into two subcategories--the personal essay and the journalistic essay--but the genre is currently defined by its lack of established conventions.

Your task is to produce an nonfiction piece on a topic and in a style of your own choosing. It can be about anything. Again, the focus on the assignment will be on voice. I want you to use your craft to create a written work that allows the reader to hear YOU in the words. 1000 words max.

Choose the topic you want to write on. Environmental? Look at patagonia.com and http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/patagonia.go?assetid=36878 in particular for an example. Social? Think of gambling, drugs, heath care, corruption, economics, but make sure you give the topic a 'human face.' Talk to me about it. Research it. Choose the kind of piece you want to write. Write it.

Remember that it should convey a message, even as it tells a story to make your point.


Before you begin this assignment, read over again the two pages that were produced by Phil Druker on the University of Idaho website (http://www.class.uidaho.edu/druker/nonfic.html),
http://www.class.uidaho.edu/druker/coursegoals.htm
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