This lecture series was not exactly what I expected, likely because I didn't realize that creative nonfiction is character driven like a biography or ..Show More »memoir. Nonetheless, it was still useful covering literary devices beyond what is addressed in a high school class. There was also a lot of emphasis on character and narrative arc. I would recommend this series to someone planning to write a memoir or biography but not for other types of nonfiction.
Professor Curzan was easy to listen to and understand. She spoke fluently and confidently. I loved the word play and history. The consistent referenci..Show More »ng meant it was easy to get further information.
I've listened to many Great Courses before and now that they are on Audible it can only be good. this one was interesting for me as I like to study wr..Show More »iting techniques and style etc as well and you gain insight not only into methods to try, but into what makes some of the great writers great. there are many excellent quotations from famous writers that make me want to read them more if i haven't already.
one good thing about these courses is that you can do the lessons/lectures one at a time and come back after something else and continue, or do them several together.
the only thing i would change is the little intro/exit announcement and applause needs to go. and i would like to see at least a pdf of materials referred to if not the actual sentences quoted.
The lecture series has plenty of good tips on going about the process of creating and revising stories and includes insights into the publishing indus..Show More »try, including how writing and publishing have changed in recent years. I would recommend this to beginner writers who don't have a clue how to start as well as writers who need a refresher, are experiencing writer’s block, or just want to try new methods.