Creative Chronicles: The Intersection of Narrative and History

The crossroads of public and personal history has spawned a compelling new class of creative nonfiction that merges biography, documentary, personal essay, and drama. The sensational musical Hamilton reimagines the American Revolution as a hip-hop drama, documentaries and podcasts like Making a Murderer and Serial are binge-worthy tales of crime and justice, and the rise of the personal essay has combined memoir and journalism into a brand new form of writing. Investigate the accuracy of historical events and conduct research to create biographies of historical figures, then draft their memoirs using the age-old elements of compelling narrative. Confront the ethical dilemmas inherent in creative nonfiction and compare competing views of world events to see how they affect our perceptions of truth and history.

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Term 2 (July 7–27)
Duke University East, NC
Summer Studies Program: 
Center Verbal