Creative Nonfiction: People and Places ~ Duke Kunshan University
Class Notes and Homework
Write a short essay, either memoir or journalism, about a character with a significant relationship to a place.
Write a brief essay, either memoir or journalism, about an object related to your home or home culture, however you choose to define it.
Find an interesting place in Kunshan — or another nearby area — and write a 500-word essay about that place.
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