To understand how an engine works, a mechanic must take it apart, examine its components, and reassemble it. Learning to write well functions the same way. In this course, students will read, write, and analyze different forms of creative nonfiction and journalism to better understand how personal essays and news features can inform, persuade, and move readers—a skill set essential in crafting compelling communication of all types. Students will learn to read great works of creative nonfiction and journalism with a writer’s eye so that they can emulate and explicate these mentor texts. They also will select a mentor author to research, analyze, and present on. By the end of the course, they will have written various forms of creative nonfiction, journalistic articles, and craft analyses, culminating in a polished portfolio. Along with their reading and writing, they will continue to expand their vocabulary and develop a mastery of the conventions of Standard English. (Semester, .50 credit) Offered 2021–2022.