JOUR E-137 Feature Writing
This course provides a thorough grounding in feature writing techniques, including researching, reporting, interviewing, writing, and rewriting. We investigate where good feature ideas come from; we explore how to conceptualize, organize, and structure those ideas through narrative; and we experiment in an intensive workshop environment with a variety of story types including the profile, reported essay, and big think piece. We do close readings of classic and lesser-known but outstanding examples of the form. We focus on how words work—and how we work with words—by reading essays on language and writing from the likes of George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, and Stephen King. The emphasis throughout is on smart journalistic thinking, detailed reporting, and fine narrative writing.