Through My Creative Writing And Reading Experience, I Have

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Through my creative writing and reading experience, I have been exposed to a variety of literary genres. My preferred genres have consistently been free verse poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. For the purpose of this class, I have chosen the genre of creative non-fiction. My focus will be literary essays that address humanity’s universal desire for a sense of identity and belonging; these essays will be written from a personal perspective, containing anecdotes, internal conflicts, and external opinions. Free verse poetry is one of the reasons I became a writer. In high school, it was my outlet to express myself. When I took English 240 (Regent University), I wrote a poem titled “Open City,” and I was convinced I would become a great poet.…show more content…
Initially, I strongly disliked writing in this genre, mostly because of fear. Before taking English 305, I hated writing about myself because it was too personal and awkward. My professor for English 305 encouraged me to keep an open mind, and I halfheartedly heeded his advice until I read “How It Feels to Be Colored Me.” After reading Hurston’s essay about racism and discrimination, I felt compelled to respond. I wrote and struggled for weeks until produced an essay called “A Ripped Out Prologue.” My work addressed how it felt to be an adopted from China. While I had written several non-fiction pieces before, this particular essay made me understand why people write non-fiction. Creative non-fiction exposes truth in a beautiful way. Non-fiction tells stories of survival and endurance; it tells others that they are not alone in their suffering. English 326 also heavily influenced my decision to pursue creative non-fiction. One of the required essays was a literary journalism piece. My essay, “Gender at the Pool,” was about a lifeguard’s experience with gender inequality. Even though I do not plan to have a future in literary journalism, this essay taught me that non-fiction is much more than just about me. Literary non-fiction is about people—real life people and their experiences. After taking English 326, I knew creative non-fiction was my desired future
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