WRIT 352

Writing Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective December 17, 2006 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course focuses on writing memoir as well as specialized nonfiction genres such as biography, and nature or travel writing. Students read and discuss pieces by professional writers, learn to create and revise their own work, and comment on each others' writing. This course may be repeated for credit.

Learning outcomes


  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Describe and appreciate works in the arts and humanities as expressions of individual and collective values within an intellectual, cultural, historical and social context.
  • Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Interpret and respond critically to works from various cultures in the arts and humanities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a controlling idea or theme in a piece of writing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a selection of literary terms to effectively analyze and interpret diverse genres.
  • Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
  • Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
  • Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in writing and speaking.