Riggio: Honors Nonfiction Workshop
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3853
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Online
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Writing
  • Non-fiction
  • Literature
This is a terrific moment to be a writer of nonfiction, since so much impressive work is now appearing across styles, aesthetics, and genres. Much of the most vital current nonfiction also operates along the edges of fiction and poetry, absorbing into nonfiction the technical and formal resources conventionally associated with the short story, the novel, and the lyric. The aim of this workshop is to create through class discussion of manuscripts, outside reading, and individual conferences the circumstances that might allow you to write the strongest nonfiction of your life to date. This workshop welcomes and encourages all forms of nonfiction, however "experimental" or "traditional." The instructor can provide regular assignments, but is also open to your own ongoing individual projects. We read a range of contemporary and classic nonfiction, including Maggie Nelson, Claudia Rankine, W.G. Sebald, Michael Ondaatje, Eula Biss, Kevin Young, Leslie Jamison, Sophie Calle, Lisa Robertson, James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Sir Thomas Browne, Greil Marcus, Manny Farber, and Rebecca Solnit, among others. This Riggio Writing & Democracy Honors course is open to all undergraduate students.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.