MPJO-730 Crafting Narrative Non-Fiction
Fall for 2010-2011
Yoon, Howard
What do David Sedaris, Jon Krakauer, Michael Lewis, and Jeannette Walls have in common? They all have enjoyed immense success in the most popular style of writing in today's market: narrative nonfiction. The class will cover all the major genres of narrative non-fiction: web writing, short and extended magazine articles, and books. It will delve into the most popular forms of narrative writing, from historical to adventure to food and travel to the extended essay and business. Students will read from a diverse list of journalists, authors, pundits, and teachers. They will learn to identify what makes an idea the best idea for a piece. They will also learn to craft tone and voice according to their style, their intended audience, and their venue. They will learn why narrative non-fiction relies so heavily on counter-intuition, alternative points of view, and above all else, credentials.

Class open to MPS Journalism students only.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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