Literary Journalism II


Enhance your understanding of and skills in writing literary journalism in this course blending reportage with powerful storytelling


What you can learn.

  • Develop a feature length article steeped in the craft of literary journalism
  • Engage in close readings of published works from this genre
  • Learn how to pitch your literary journalism writing to publications
  • Give and receive feedback on works in progress

About this course:

Literary journalism combines an immersive approach to reporting with the aims and techniques of realist fiction. Iconic literary journalism authors include George Orwell, Joan Didion, Susan Orlean, Hunter Thompson and Tom Wolfe, while examples of the genre can be found in travel, adventure, memoir, food and sports writing, as well as business, tech, environmental, health and war reporting. While the course is intended for experienced writers, a journalism background is not required. Over ten weeks, students develop a feature length article through two drafts, create an unrelated profile article, and hone their styles through close-readings of genre classics through a craft perspective. By the end of the course, students will research, write, and revise two literary journalism articles and be able to pitch their stories for publication.
WRITING X 424.18E Literary Journalism I or similar workshop experience. 

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