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ENGL 4908 Advanced Creative Nonfiction: Writing the Body in Illness and Health (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This workshop will explore ideas of "health" and "illness," reading nonfiction by Skloot, Groopman, Gawande, Farmer, Fadiman, and others while honing our own writing on these topics. What constitutes "health," and why (especially in women's magazines) is it paired with "beauty"? How is `disease’ defined and can nonfiction challenge extant medical perceptions? Weekly writing assignments in a range of genres (op eds, memoir essays, profiles, and essays on health-related topics) and detailed workshop critiques will help participants to develop a portfolio on topics related to these issues and to polish one longer piece with an eye toward publication.


Instructor(s): Amy Boesky

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13