This class asks you learn about a place and its people (and that includes you) through the act of reading and writing – specifically, creative nonfiction writing. Creative nonfiction, like fiction or poetry, is a type of creative writing. As such, it uses the tools of the creative writer: figurative language (similes, metaphors), dialogue, flashbacks, scenes, frames – in short, tools that increase the dramatic effect of a piece of writing. Various types of creative nonfiction exist: personal essays, articles, travel accounts, profiles, memoirs and narrative histories.
The second component of this course involves the subject area we will explore in our creative nonfiction writing: Greencastle, the place, and its surrounding areas. While you will be able to investigate your own past and places in personal narratives, most of the writing you do in this class will in some way involve the local community. My hope is that this practice gives you both practical experience with creative nonfiction writing and a better sense of where you will live for the next four years.
Schwipps, Greg, "ENG 197D Finding (Your Place In) Putnam County Schwipps Fall 2023" (2023). Course Syllabi. 16, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.