Writing in English: Creative Non-Fiction in English

Course content

This is a course for students from any disciplinary background and institute who are interested in exploring what it might mean to read and write creative non-fiction in the present moment. We will be looking at several aspects and sub-genres of creative non-fiction and their respective ways of responding to the challenges of a current moment, not least: 1) the construction of nature, 2) current political challenges from asylum law to race politics in the US, 3) the dynamics of gender, 4) the politics of empathy/difference. For those of you interested in writing academically for this course, you will be doing a review essay and a longer piece on the way one of these issues is being discussed today in the public sphere.


But, this course is also about the mechanics of writing. We will therefore be reading the texts on this course with an eye to their narration, their delivery of narrative, and what makes them readable/true/reliable/controversial. The course also offers opportunities to experiment with creating non-fiction and for participants to expand their own writing within this register through ending each class with a prompt exploring a specific technique of creative non-fiction. In practicing this aspect of writing, you will be thinking about questions like: how do you position yourself as a narrator? For what kind of audience? How do journalistic topics work to generate and sustain interest?


We will be reading both longer and shorter texts by recent masters of the craft – stand out figures in the worlds of nature writing, literary journalism, and the essay as polemic – alongside essays by celebrated writers. In each case, we will be discussing both the issues raised by and the craft involved in the work we read. Our weekly meetings will be accompanied by a lecture from practicing writers and literary scholars. Moreover, there will be four longer workshops delving into the techniques of each topic.

Kurset udbydes som en del af studiemønstret Writing in English, samt som KA-tilvalg.
Studerende indskrevet på Kandidatuddannelsen i engelsk kan desuden bruge kurset til Frit Emne 1, 2 og 3.

Continuous feedback during the course
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline June 2nd 2023
Type of assessment details
The 15 ECTS class will be examined by a portfolio exam consisting of two pieces of creative non-fiction (or academic prose), one 5-6 pages to be handed in at the end of week 15 and one 8-10 pages to be handed in at the portfolio deadline, as well as 4 x 2 pages pieces linked to the workshops to be handed in over the course of the semester and included in the portfolio with feedback.
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • English
  • 409,5


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester


Dette er et dagkursus via tompladsordningen mod betaling på Åbent Universitet. Tilmeld dig og se aktuel prisoversigt på www.aabentuniversitet.hum.ku.dk

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Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Tina Jane Lupton   (7-776c71646f7873436b7870316e7831676e)
Saved on the 05-10-2022

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