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 writingGood writing is good writing, whatever form it takes and whatever we call it.

óWilliam Zinsser, On Writing Welló





Major Assignments 

Workshop Procedures

Workshop Guidelines 

Workshop Schedule 

Workshop Groups 

Electronic Reserve 


The Foxdale Project 2011

A Guide to Grammar and Style

Penn State Undergraduate Writing Center

Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

The Golden Rule of Writing (according to Strunk and White)




(Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction)





Instructor: Paul M. Kellermann
147 Burrowes Building 
University Park, PA  16802
Phone: 867-4214 (home)
Phone: 865-3949 (office)
E-mail: pmk8@psu.edu 

Office hours: Tuesday 10:00-11:00, Thursday 10:00-11:00 and 4:00-5:00, and by appointment



Last updated 28 April 2011