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Narrative Non-Fiction Writing

Course Details

Narrative Non-Fiction Writing focuses on the development of short form essay writing for adult learners who wish to learn how to craft a first- or third-person account of a real life event. This course will enable learners to become more familiar with the elements of narrative and to devise a writing process for creating a personal account that includes description, characterization, plot development, conflict, climax and resolution. This course incorporates brainstorming and pre-writing into the construction of a personal narrative designed to move readers. This course will be valuable for students who wish to improve their ability to tell a story on the page as well as student who wish to improve their communication skills in the workplace.

Participants can expect a combination of lecture and cooperative learning in Narrative Non-Fiction Writing. Throughout the course, students will hear presentations designed to clarify and illustrate the component elements of narrative writing. Participants can also anticipate that they will work with their peers by critiquing the works of others in the class and having their own work reviewed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Narrative Form: Participants will become familiar with the narrative form and the components necessary for a writer to tell a story with all the necessary elements.

  • Writing Process: Participants will be exposed to writing methods designed to encourage the orderly, systematic construction of a written work that includes generating ideas, organizing, drafting, revising and editing.

  • Rhetorical Awareness: Participants will be exposed to methods of persuasion that may evoke a reasonable or emotional response from readers through implication.

  • Writing Standards: Participants will be exposed to the conventions of grammar, style and standard American English.

Schedule & Fees

Registration for this course has closed. Please use the sign-up form below to receive notification when new course dates are available. Thank you for your interest.


No textbooks will be required for this course.

Other Required Materials

Participants will need paper and pen, as well as access to a computer that can print. 

About the Instructor

Darren Meritz is a full-time UTSA instructor who is well-versed in language and literature. Starting out as a staff writer and reporter, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Master's degree in English Literature. Darren has also earned his TESOL/TEFL Certification. Darren is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the UTSA Writing Department, which reviews textbooks for departmental use. His committee also does sample evaluations of student writing portfolio projects to establish norms and standards.

His other courses of instruction were in composition, developmental writing, integrated reading and writing, world literature, and public speaking. Darren has also lectured at Northwest Vista and in China for a university summer school.

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