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Creative Nonfiction

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Creative nonfiction is an important and integral part of the writing curriculum in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric. From helping students reflect on their experience and deepen their thinking, to encouraging them to engage the community and compose as public writers, creative nonfiction offers our students a uniquely vibrant, personal mode of writing that is engaged with developing a self-aware writer who actively explores the relationship between creativity and rhetoric. The PWR, leading the University of Colorado’s embrace of this “fourth genre,” is committed to developing this mode of writing as a conceptual and aesthetic form that is integral to writing on campus.

Journal Twenty Twenty

Journal Twenty Twenty is an undergraduate creative nonfiction journal published at the University of Colorado at Boulder. By publishing exclusively creative nonfiction, our journal celebrates new voices in personal essay, new journalism, portrait, memoir, and more.

Journal Twenty Twenty is produced by students enrolled in the journal production course (WRTG 2090) each fall, or by Independent Study with PWR Creative Nonfiction faculty each spring. For the annual print journal, editorial staff choose from submissions across campus after a fall editorial deadline; the print edition then launches each spring and is distributed significantly again the following fall. Along with a print publication, Journal Twenty Twenty is growing to publish exclusive online content, including videos and other multi-media creative nonfiction. Students also have an associated club to promote creative nonfiction on campus and establish a supportive community of writers.

Journal Twenty Twenty is supported by the Program for Writing and Rhetoric at CU Boulder and printed by CU Imaging Services. The editorial team is always looking for passionate students to contribute to our community of creative nonfiction writers. Visit the journal's home page to learn how to get involved and submit work. Join the Journal Twenty Twenty community on Facebook to stay current on events, publications and upcoming submissions!

See new student staff videos for Journal Twenty Twenty here.

Journal 2020 Volume 3, Issue 1, Fall 2015

Journal 2020 Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2014

Journal 2020 Volume 1, Issue 2, Fall 2013

Journal 2020 Volume 1, Issue 1

CNF Current Events

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Recent Past Events Hosted by the Creative Nonfiction Committee

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The Creative Nonfiction Committee & PWR Launches Student-led CNF Journal— April 2013

Journal 2020 fosters an interdisciplinary community of CU students with a mutual interest in creative nonfiction as a collection of writing and artwork across various fields and genres. Join us for our launch party on Friday, April 26 at Boulder Bookstore from 7-9 pm, where we will also be celebrating the winners of the Program for Writing and Rhetoric’s Creative Nonfiction writing contest. Event flyer is available for download.

Boulder Bookstore
Friday, April 26, 2013
7:00 PM

Robin Hemley flyer

The Creative Nonfiction Committee & PWR Hosted Author Robin Hemley — April 2012

Robin Hemley is the author of ten books of nonfiction and fiction and the winner of many distinguished awards including a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes. Anthologized globally, he frequently teaches creative writing workshops worldwide. The BBC is currently filming Invented Eden, and another book, Reply All is forthcoming in 2012, following the recent publication of A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel. Hemley edits The Iowa Review as well as Defunct and directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He also founded NonfictioNow. Informational flyer is available for download here.

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Noted Journalist and Author, Helen Thorpe, Gave Keynote Address at Third Annual Undergraduate Diversity
Conference — March 2012

Keynote speaker, journalist and author Helen Thorpe, gave a talk about the challenges faced by undocumented high school students in Colorado. Helen Thorpe is the author of Just Like Us, a moving account of the educational struggles of high-achieving, but undocumented Colorado teens. Helen Thorpe’s writing has appeared in numerous national venues, including the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Texas Monthly, and The Texas Observer.