PART I: WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION.
1. Why Creative Nonfiction?
2. The Power of the Notebook.
3. Ten Ways to a Draft.
4. Taking Shape.
5. Finding Voice.
Twenty Ways to Talk about Creative Nonfiction.
6. Workshopping a Draft.
7. The Craft of Revision.
8. Exploring New Media.
9. The Role of Research.
10. The Ethics of Creative Nonfiction.
PART II: READING CREATIVE NONFICTION.
Alice Walter, Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self. Lee Martin, Never Thirteen. Lisa Chavez, Independence Day, Manley Hot Springs, Alaska. Nora Ephron, A Few Words About Breasts. Tony Earley, Somehow Form a Family.
12. Personal Essay.
Brain Doyle, Being Brians. E.J. Levy, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Scott Russell Sanders, Under the Influence. Kandi Tayebi, Warring Memories. Dudley Clendinen, The Good Short Life. Rebecca McClanahan, Book Marks.
Charles Simic, Dinner at Uncle Boris'. Jill Lepore, Poor Jane's Almanac. Susan Allen Toth, Going to the Movies. Max Apple, Roommates. Alice Steinbach, The Miss Dennis School of Writing. Jerald Walker, Before Grief.
14. Essay of Place.
Pico Iyer, Chapels. Yunte Huang, Southern Hospitality, but Not for Newcomers. Gretchen Legler, Movements of Being: An Antarctic Quintet. Dagoberto Gilb, Living Al Chuco. E.B. White, Once More to the Lake.
15. Narrative Journalism.
Richard Selzer, Four Appointments with the Discus Thrower. Susan Orlean, Meet the Shaggs. George Orwell, A Hanging. Tracy Kidder, from Among Schoolchildren.
16. Stories of Craft.
Patricia Hampl, Memory and Imagination. Lisa Knopp, Perhapsing: The Use of Speculation in Creative Nonfiction. Kim Stafford, The Writer as Professional Eavesdropper. Sue Miller, from A Lecture on Revision. Colin Rafferty, Ten Year Reunion: Writing 'Boys Least Likely to'.
17. Short Shorts.
Bailey White, Buzzard. Sven Birkerts, Every Day. Kathleen Norris, Rain. Amy Butcher, Still Things. Judith Kitchen, Only the Dance. Stephen Dunn, Locker Room Talk. Maureen Stanton, Water. Norma Ella Cantu, Tino & Papi.