MFA 691 - Constructing the World: Time and Space in Nonfiction (3)

This course focuses on how writers construct the time and place their nonfiction characters inhabit. Readings from full-length nonfiction works and shorter essays illustrate how to detail a specific historical era, how landscapes and city-scapes create a play of light and shadow for events, and how characters are illuminated by social and cultural forces. Using description, exposition, narration, and commentary, students learn to determine the most elegant and effective ways to manage time and construct a world that feels real.