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Readings in Creative Nonfiction


Class code etc
Class code A6304
Year 2020
Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Previous Class title
Attached documents
Class form
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 木2/Thu.2
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Grade 3~4
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Open Program
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Class taught by instructors with practical experience

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Outline and objectives

Creative non-fiction: a genre of writing that deals with real people and events, but which uses the conventions of fiction – dialogue, characterization, plot, point of view, figurative language, and so on – to tell its true story.


To guide students to an understanding and appreciation of the craft, the literary production and the cultural relevance of creative nonfiction.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(2020年度はオンライン授業の実施に伴い、変更の可能性があります。変更は学習支援システム等で提示します。/Method(s) may change depending on the online lesson.Changes will be reflected in the Learning Management System, etc.)

Course work will include: reading selections and the writing of a reaction paper for each; quizzes; a student essay; a book review. Reading material will include pieces from a number of sub-genres of the nonfiction form. Lecture, reading and discussion, and note-taking will done each class meeting.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No



1:Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Explanation of course theme, content, grading, participation and attendance requirements

2:The Reaction Journal

Reading: "Why I Write: A Celebration of the National Day on Writing"
Group reaction paper

3:The Narrative / The Personal Essay

Reading: "How it Feels to Be a Colored Me" by Zora Neale Hurston
Group reaction paper
Selection of non-fiction book for final exam book review

4:The Memoir & Autobiography

Reading: "The Art of Self" by Steven Harvey
Reading: "The Chase" by Annie Dillard
Reading: "Everything But the Truth?" by Fern Kupfer
Group reaction paper

5:Family Ties

Reading: "What the Dog Saw" by Malcolm Gladwell
Group reaction paper

6:Nature Writing

Quiz on selected essay
Reading: "Living like Weasels" by Annie Dillard
Reading: Rick Bass and Barry Lopes on hunting
Group reaction paper

7:Travel, Dining and Food Writing

Reading: "Nowhere Man" by Pico Iyer
Reading: "The Intimacy of Forks" by Liesl Schwabe
Group reaction paper.

8:Review & Mid-term Exam: Student Essay

Due: Family History Essay

9:Dialogue, Interview & Reporting

Reading: "Encounter: Ruth REICHL" by Michelle Shabtai
Reading: "A Son, His Mom And A Story About A Dog" by Scott Simon
Group reaction paper

10:Writing About Culture

Reading: "STREAM OF THE CROP" by Emily Yoshida
Reading: "How ‘Privilege’ Became a Provocation" by Parul Sehgal
Group reaction paper

11:Cultural Criticism

Quiz on selected essay
Reading: "Motorcycle Gangs" by Hunter S. Thompson
Reading: "No Taking Pictures" by J. D. Riso
Group reaction paper

12:Book Review Prep

Final exam group book review and preparation
Reading: "Contains violence." From The New Zealand Herald
Group reaction paper

13:Book Review Prep

Final exam group book review and preparation

14:Final Exam & Wrap-up

Book review paper and group discussion of works read

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students must read the material and do required homework and other preparation for each class. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


No textbook will be used. The instructor will provide handouts, as well as access to course reading materials.


Gutkind, Lee, ed. Creative Nonfiction: True Stories, Well Told. 1995. Accessed 13 January 2019.

Grading criteria

Participation and reaction papers (20%); quizzes (10%); student essay (30%); book review (40%).

Changes following student comments

Own course reflection: more group work.

Equipment student needs to prepare

Bring to class: a notebook, the reading material on a laptop or a tablet, or bring a hard copy of the material. Further information will be provided by the instructor.


Enrollment is limited to 3rd and 4th year students.


Permission from the instructor to enroll in the course.