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 even 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 works that explore the boundaries between “fact” and “fiction,” such as “creative non-fiction,” “literary journalism,” “documentary,” and “mocumentary.” In addition to learning what these terms mean, a bit about their historical context and what they imply for readers, you will also have a chance to practice your own truth-telling and story-telling skills throughout the semester. The primary focus in this class will be on close readings of texts, creating our own texts, and discussing both in an open and encouraging forum.