WRIT 532

Writing about Place

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 12, 2004 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course explores questions such as, How does place shape a writer's voice? How do writers see nature in urban environments? Students use memory, imagination, research, experience and analysis to write about places important to them. Students work toward achieving advanced skills in creative nonfiction, an individual written voice, and a thoughtful approach to place and environment. Prerequisites: a 300-level Writing course or instructor's consent.

Special information

Prerequisites: A 300-level Writing course or instructor's consent.

Learning outcomes


  • Able to apply advanced strategies for writing nonfiction and creative nonfiction that emphasize place.
  • Able to write in an advanced way for an educated audience that enjoys and understands play with language.
  • Advanced level of critical thinking skills (analysis, imagination, synthesis, speculation).
  • Advanced research and evaluation skills.
  • Understanding of selected concepts of place in literature and culture.
  • Use of revision to develop work.

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Writing about Place Nerney, Brian Books Course details