Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Going online to improve your ability to tell true stories with style

So the guy in the shades is giving this course two thumbs up. Here at University of Toronto, we've dubbed it The Art of Fact: An Introduction to Writing Nonfiction. It's online, so you can work it into your schedule any time, and get active from any where. The course is all about craft, and telling true stories with panache. But look: with a start date of September 22, time is running out. Best response: register by clicking here.
There, too, you can survey the lay of the land. Put it this way: the hallmarks of Creative or Narrative Nonfiction are truth and personal presence. The genre includes subjective and objective streams, and encompasses memoir and autobiography. It also takes in biography, history, adventure, travel, true crime, you name it. The writer of nonfiction employs memory, but also imagination, analysis, and research, and adapts literary techniques from fiction, journalism, and the essay. This craft-oriented course will enhance your ability to tell your true stories. We draw on an outstanding textbook: The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism, edited by Kevin Kerrane and Ben Yagoda. 
And we have biography that begins like this:
In 2013, Ken McGoogan published 50 Canadians Who Changed the World. His other books include How the Scots Invented Canada and four nonfiction narratives about Arctic exploration: Fatal Passage, Ancient Mariner, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, and Race to the Polar Sea. These works won him . . . no, no, it's too shameless, even for a grandstander. You'll have to click on the above link or go to www.kenmcgoogan.com. But here is hoping you'll come on out. See you in cyberspace?

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