English 215: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction



Castles Burning



Idiot Wind

Town Cryer


Ultimately every writer must follow the path that feels most comfortable. For most people learning to write, that path is nonfiction. It enables them to write about what they know or can observe or find out. This is especially true of young people and students. They will write far more willingly about subjects that touch their own lives or that they have an aptitude for. Motivation is at the heart of writing. If nonfiction is where you do your best writing, or your best teaching of writing, donít be buffaloed into the idea that itís an inferior species. The only important distinction is between good writing and bad writing Good writing is good writing, whatever form it takes and whatever we call it.

óWilliam Zinsser, On Writing Welló





Student Samples 

Electronic Reserve 

Workshop Guidelines 

Workshop Groups (section 1) 

Workshop Groups (section 2) 

Workshop Schedule (section 1) 

Workshop Schedule (section 2) 



Instructor: Paul M. Kellermann
3 Scott Building 
University Park, PA  16802
Phone: 867-4214 (home)
Phone: 865-3946 (office)
E-mail: pmk8@psu.edu 

Office hours: Monday 12:00 - 1:00, Wednesday 2:30 - 3:30, Thursday 1:00 - 2:00, and by appointment



Last updated 8 January 2004