Topics in Creative Writing: Nonfiction Essays in Journalism
Winter 2023 - This was hands down the best class I've ever taken. Even if you're not an English major/professional writing minor, even if you don't really like writing, even if you look at this class and are like, "not for me," you need to take this class. Deuel is smart, engaging, and will make you a better writer. Your essays and your peers' essays will cause you to reflect in ways you never have before. TAKE THIS CLASS. The structure: every week Deuel assigns two published journalism essays that you reflect on and then discuss in class. After that class, you have the rest of the day to write a mini-essay -- one page that you upload to a shared drive. Deuel picks five of those essays for the whole class to review in the next class. The mini-essays are graded on completion. The bulk of your grade comes from two midterm essays and a final. Deuel is super helpful and will work with you to make your writing better. TAKE THIS CLASS. It's a writing class, so it's not "easy," but the work you do is so meaningful it doesn't really register as work in the same way as other classes.