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 Malcolm Gladwell, F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Baldwin, short and long journalistic pieces by Hunter Thompson, Jon Ronson and others, and books by Norman Maclean and Truman Capote. 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.