Most writing is nonfiction writing -- and, "academic essays" aside, the category covers a huge range of genres: personal essays, memoirs, journalism, "new" journalism, reporting, nonfiction novels. . . the list could go on. In this course, we will read and write as much nonfiction as we can, in a variety of modes: we'll read essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marilynne Robinson and James Baldwin, short and long journalistic pieces by Hunter Thompson, Malcolm Gladwell and others, and books by Terry Tempest Williams and Susan Orlean and Norman Maclean. And along the way, we'll write -- essays, character studies, journalistic pieces and longer pieces of your own devising. The goal, everywhere, will to do what nonfiction writers must always do: tell the truth, tell it deeply, and be interesting about it.