MAIS 617: Creative Nonfiction Report a Broken Link

Master of Arts - Integrated Studies 617: Creative Non-Fiction examines a writing genre that has gained in author and reader popularity over the past twenty-five years, and which, according to some commentators and literary historians, has its roots in the eighteenth century.

The course examines the glories and the pitfalls of the genre from an historical and sociological perspective, with examples from literary works, serial magazines, newspapers, journals and anthologies.

Unit 1


Required Readings
Doug Diesenhaus. The Weschler Connection Poets & Writers. New York: May/Jun 2006. Vol. 34, Iss. 3; pg. 50


Supplementary Readings

You will find the following works of use throughout the course.

This periodical offers online access to selected articles from its current and back issues.
Please note that the only articles that you can assess via the link above are some of the articles from the older back issues.
Omnivore Spring, 2004, prototype issue.
This issue is not currently available from Athabasca University Library. Please consult your local library.

Unit 2


Required Readings


Ryszard Kapuscinski. Herodotus and the Art of Noticing Lettre Ulysses Award Key Note Speech 2003 (English)

Unit 4


Required Readings

Unit 5


Required Readings
Please note that you will have to register (at no charge) with The New York Times in order to read this article.
New York Times, Saturday, July 16, 2005—Correction: An article in “The Arts” on Wednesday about Truman Capote and two movies about his approach to nonfiction writing misstated the timing of a lawsuit against Janet Malcolm, who has written about the ethics and methods of such writing. It was before The New Yorker’s publication of two articles she wrote on the relationship between a writer and a former Green Beret accused of murder, not afterward.
Please note that you will have to register (at no charge) with the Seattle Times in order to read this article.

Unit 6


Required Readings
Joseph Lelyveld. Breaking Away (2005-03-06). New York Times Magazine.
Richard Rubin. The Ghosts of Emmett Till (2005-07-31). New York Times Magazine.
Gordon Morash Tim Bowling Interview