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ENGL 4533 ACNF: Writing About Place (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

Through the reading and writing of creative non-fiction essays, we will explore, chart, interrogate and depict various places in the natural and built world. Students will write and revise three ambitious, sustained essays over the course of the semester: the first about a place in nature; the second about a place with strong personal associations; and the third--a reported piece of immersion journalism--about a community or subculture in the Boston area. Readings will include work by Annie Dillard, Wendall Berry, Joy Williams, John McPhee, Joan Didion, Jamaica Kincaid and Viet Thanh Nguyen, who will visit campus this term.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Graver

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Enrollment by permission of instructor. Interested students should have taken a previous college level writing workshop (beyond FWS). To request admission to the course, e-mail Professor Graver ( Include a list of relevant coursework and writing experience and a 7 page (double-spaced) writing sample (preferably creative non-fiction, but fiction acceptable too. Sample may be a fragment of a longer piece). Students will be notified about admission by the first day of pre-registration.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17