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Creative Nonfiction Writing

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Course Code
GENG9093
Application Code
1765-1885NW
Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
To be advised
Duration
6 weeks
Language
English
Course Fee
HK$2,700
About the teacher

Ms Emily Matchar is a Hong Kong-based journalist who publishes work in venues such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lonely Planet and many others.

This short course offers an introduction to creative nonfiction writing. Classes are structured around six major subgenres of creative nonfiction: essays, memoir, features journalism, biography/profile, reviews/criticism, and travel/food writing. Join us to learn more about craft, read works by the masters, and gain the confidence to tell your stories. Classes will include guided writing exercises, discussion of assigned readings, and peer editing.

This course aims to help you:

  • Understand the writing process
  • Sharpen your writing craft
  • Improve your literary analysis skills
  • Enjoy greater self-expression

TOPICS

Session 1: Personal Essays
  • What is nonfiction?
  • Understanding narrative arc
  • Finding your voice
  • The writing process: outlining
Session 2: Memoir
  • Defining your story
  • Narrative techniques: organizing your writing
  • The writing process: drafting
Session 3: Features Journalism
  • The elements of journalistic research
  • Understanding point-of-view
  • The writing process: editing
Session 4: Biography/profiles
  • Finding your subject
  • Interview skills
  • Using dialogue
  • Moral and ethical considerations
  • The writing process: rewriting
Session 5: Reviews/Criticism
  • Considering your audience
  • Literary techniques: using imagery  
  • The writing process: peer editing and critique
Session 6: Food/Travel Writing
  • Developing a sense of place
  • Borrowing techniques from fiction and poetry
  • Options for publication

TARGET STUDENTS

Anyone who feels comfortable writing in English and wishes to develop their skills in the creative nonfiction genre.

TEACHING SCHEDULE 

Application Code 1765-1885NW -
Start Date 10 Jan 2020 (Fri)
Time 6:45 - 9:45pm
Venue Room 1204, HPSHCC Campus, Causeway Bay

Duration
  • 6 session(s)
  • 3 hours per session
Venue

A minimum of HKDSE Level 2 or equivalent.

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2,700

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Enrolment Method
Online Application

We provide online application and payment service for students to make enrolment via the Internet. Enrolment will be confirmed once students have made the payment online by using either PPS or credit card.

By Post / In Person

Applicants are required to complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26.  Either take or post the completed form, along with the appropriate course fee and supporting documents, to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course fees in the form of a cheque, and supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

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The course fees of all open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.

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  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
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  4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
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