Spring 2025

Creative Nonfiction

Listed in: English, as ENGL-224


Dennis James Sweeney (Section 01)


This course explores the questions at the heart of creative nonfiction: What does it mean to tell a “true” story? And what does it mean to tell a true story “creatively”? A deep dive into essay, memoir, and genres of nonfiction that have yet to be named will allow us to form our own definitions of creative nonfiction. Through workshops that will encourage exploration, experimentation, and vulnerability, we will develop our own personal practices for writing from life. Writers in the earliest stages of their engagement with nonfiction are welcome, as well as writers who are seeking to hone their ongoing nonfiction writing and their possible senior projects. In Victor’s section, readings will draw from contemporary American writers of fiction and nonfiction such as Alexander Chee, Cord Jefferson, Jonathan Escoffery, T Kira Madden, Chanel Miller, Cheryl Strayed, Sheila Sundar, and Vanessa Veselka.

Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester: Postdoctoral Fellow Mysore. Spring semester: Lecturer Sweeney.

How to handle overenrollment: The instructor will seek to achieve representative equity (majors, class years, etc.).

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings

Course Materials


Other years: Offered in Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024, Spring 2025