Bijoyeta Sahoriya Das – work-in-progress

I will be teaching ENG 274 Non-fiction writing in Fall, which is part of the Journalism Option in the English Department.

Course Descriptions (Official)

This course introduces students to creative non-fiction writing, writing that uses true events for literary effect. In writing and revising creative non-fiction, students will learn and practice a variety of forms, including personal essay, memoir, literary journalism (or narrative non-fiction), and biography. Students will work to improve their technique and develop individual voices but will also work in groups to discuss ways to improve their work. They will read works by published authors and will also learn how to submit their own work for publication.

My goal/Incorporating new elements post-Voicing Poverty Institute:

  • 1. I will introduce the theme of cross-border migration with a focus on the US.
  • 2. Instead of focusing on the immigration policies of the US and its response to the migrant influx, I will focus on the poverty as a cause of the exodus from Latin America.
  • 3. With this purpose I will introduce students to both literary and journalistic works and multimedia work that focuses on migration as a form but investigates the role of poverty in South America.
  • 4. Students will connect with texts, films and interview primary sources including experts on Latin America as well as immigrants in America.
  • 5. Students will write reported, researched and creative essays about these explorations and meditations.


1. Open Veins of Latin America, Eduardo Galeano 

2. Enrique’s Journey, Sonia Nazario

3. Multimedia: New American Story Project:

4. Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America’s Soul 

5. Left Behind, Sebastian Edwards 


  • Sangeeta K Bishop


    Since migration is an issue that we discuss in economics, shifting the discussion of migration from an analysis of US immigration policy to one of poverty as a cause of the exodus from these countries is an excellent idea and one that I would like to steal for my own class, if you are ok with that. 🙂

    Thanks for this great idea!


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