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[PAST EVENT] Reading Creative Nonfiction

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Creative nonfiction is factual but also draws on the stylistic devices and tropes of fiction. Indeed, at times creative nonfiction reads like fiction: "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson, for example, or "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of the Great Migration" by Isabel Wilkerson. The genre includes a wide range of prose: memoir, travel writing, biography, science writing, nature writing, essays, and feature writing.

The two texts above are recommended as prereading. Class reading includes Joan Didion's "Slouching Towards Bethlehem"; a variety of essays in a course reader--available online and in print--and this year’s selection for the National Steinbeck Center's BIG READ, Claudia Rankine’s "Citizen"--a hybrid text about race in America.


Tuition: $60.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct. 11, Oct. 18 *10:00am – noon* (6 sessions)


CSUMB at Salinas City Center, One Main Street, Salinas


Susan Shillinglaw, PhD is a Professor of English at San Jose State University and the Director of the National Steinbeck Center. She has published extensively on John Steinbeck and her most recent work, Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage, is available from the University of Nevada Press.