Truth and Fiction
Have you ever found yourself wondering if a story is “true” or not? Do you prefer “fiction” or “non-fiction?” What do these terms mean, and why are they so important to us? How does an author’s own presence within a piece of writing determine our reading of the piece, and why? In this course we will read, write, discuss, and write about genres that explore the boundaries between “fact” and “fiction,” such as “creative non-fiction,” “literary journalism,” “documentary,” and “docudrama.” You will learn what these terms mean, a bit about their historical context and what they imply for readers, while also practicing these styles of writing yourself.