MPJO-700 Feature Writing
Offered academic year 2011-2012
Natalie Hopkinson
Summer 2011

This course will explore the art of short-form, creative nonfiction--a favorite of readers and writers alike. Students will be introduced to techniques for effectively brainstorming ideas. They will be coached through the reporting and writing process and participate in peer review editing workshops. Through class discussions, students will also be introduced to the habits, practices and process of professional reporting and writing. By the end of the semester, students will have acquired more tools to transform a conversation about sometimes fleeting cultural phenomena into a window into the times we are living in.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None


MPJO-700-01 Feature Writing
Fall for 2010-2011
There is a place for the inverted pyramid and the basic news story, but not in this class. Feature writing today encompasses a vast variety of storytelling approaches. In this class we’ll explore several including the profile, the color piece and the service article. Features go beyond and behind the breaking news to engage the interest, and often the heart, of the reader. To do this, students need to push their reporting, interviewing and writing skills in new directions. There will be several short assignments and a longer article. We’ll talk about what it takes to get published, and we’ll hear from prominent journalists who will share their tips and insights on the feature craft.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
More information
Look for this course in the schedule of classes.

The academic department web site for this program may provide other details about this course.