RCHUMS 242 - Creative Adaptation
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“It is 3a.m., and I am standing on a stool in the operating room at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, in scrubs, mask, cap and paper booties, peering over the hunched shoulders of four surgeons and a scrub nurse as a dying woman’s heart and lungs are being removed from her chest” (excerpted from Lee Gutkind’s Many Sleepless Nights). Sometimes called the “fourth genre,” and often referred to as “more than the truth,” creative nonfiction is fact-based writing that is also literary. It is infused with the stylistic devices and rhetorical flourishes of the best fiction and drama and the most lyrical of narrative poetry. It is storytelling of a high order.

Students in RCHUMS 242 will complete one long (25-30 page) creative nonfiction project on a topic of their choice. Projects must be grounded in solid research and students will be encouraged to immerse themselves in their research. Projects may take the form of an essay, history, biography, drama, or a combination of genres. In addition to formal class meetings, students will meet individually with instructor in tutorial sessions throughout the semester and will conduct independent field research. This course includes an introduction to archives and the opportunity to conduct archival research.

RCHUMS 242 - Creative Adaptation
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:00AM - 12:30PM
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