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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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Autobiography, Memoir, or Fiction


From personal life experiences, students uncover material for an autobiographical memoir or piece of fiction. Like contemporary art, which breaks down the boundaries between art and life, this writing course allows students to move between the worlds of fiction and non-fiction. From readings and workshop discussions students generate ideas and learn the craft of writing. Course explores the letter, the personal essay, and philosophy; mining raw material, life experiences, and memory; the art of short fiction. Also covers transforming raw material; writing about family and friends; truth and integrity; inventing and re-inventing from memory; maintaining perspective; point of view; hybrid forms; rendering characters: creating dossiers; listening to dialogue; voice: yours strengthened; description: sensory detail and other strategies; research, information, and publishing questions. This dynamic course focuses on finding each individual's story and voice. Finished works may be a personal essay, a short story, a novella or chapters of a memoir or novel.

Prerequisite: None

First class materials: Note-taking materials


There are no sections for this course for this semester.
Course Details
Course Code: XWRT6408
Meetings: 10
Credit Hours: 1
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