The Essay

A course in the theory and practice of writing nonfiction, with an emphasis on the art of the essay—to include the personal essay, literary journalism, the review, critical commentary, and the public humanities. The course considers the history of the essay as a literary genre, the poetics of the essay, and reflects on the conventions of expository, descriptive, narrative, personal, and creative nonfiction writing in school. The course involves intensive practice writing for public audiences, including nonfiction commentaries on literary artifacts—as well as more recent forms of the essay using sound, image, and visual design. Take me to The Essay Course Site