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MFA Course Descriptions

IMF 55200
Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations

Instructor: Lisa Haag

Class Type: Craft

Course Description: This course is an in-depth study of foundational craft elements for writing literary creative nonfiction, specifically the personal essay. Elements include essay structure for various types of the personal essay; techniques for development of self as character and effective description; use of dialogue and summary; and inclusion of light learning. Includes theory and application through mini-writing exercises. This course counts as one of the required classes for students declaring a Creative Nonfiction emphasis for the MFA in Writing degree.


Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction
Dinty W. Moore
ISBN 9781582977966

Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301