How to Write Like Hemingway (and Speak Journalese)

JOURN 703

How to Write Like Hemingway (and speak Journalese) takes learners through Hemingway’s Four Rules of Writing and teaches the basics of news media, including spotting weak stories and conquering writer’s block.

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What you can learn.

  • Learn Hemingway's Four Rules of Writing and incorporate those rules into everyday writing
  • Develop a grasp of “journalese”
  • Write lean stories with vigorous language
  • Consume mainstream and social media with a critical eye
  • Communicate more clearly

About this course:

Many of America’s greatest writers — Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger, Ida B. Wells, etc. — began their writing careers as reporters. Though all would establish unique styles, they first had to learn “journalese,” the language and worldview inherent in nearly all contemporary American journalism. How to Write Like Hemingway (and Speak Journalese) takes learners through Hemingway’s Four Rules of Writing and teaches the basics of news media, including spotting weak stories and conquering writer’s block.

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