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Fall 2018-2019
* ENV 363 / ENG 337 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Writing the Environment through Creative Nonfiction

Robert Nixon

This workshop will expose participants to some of the most dynamic, adventurous environmental nonfiction writers while also giving students the opportunity to develop their own voices as environmental writers. We'll be looking at the environmental essay, the memoir, opinion writing, and investigative journalism. In the process we'll discuss the imaginative strategies deployed by leading environmental writers and seek to adapt some of those strategies in our own writing. Readings will engage urgent concerns of our time, like climate change, extinction, race, gender and the environment, and relations between humans and other life forms.

Sample reading list:
Elizabeth Bailey, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Jourdan Imani Keith, "At Risk" and "Desegregating Wilderness"
Elizabeth Kolbert, "The Big Kill"
Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams (selection)
Meera Subramanian, A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis (selecti
Rebecca Skloot (ed.), Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 50-120 pages of reading per week, depending on whether we're reading a book or individual essays. Participants will submit three essays, two 6-8 pages, the other 12-15 pages. Participants will also be responsible for giving their peers detailed, constructive, written editorial feedback on their essays, which we'll workshop in class. Approximately half of our class time will be devoted to providing collective editorial feedback.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22514 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed