Narrative Journalism I

6 Thursdays from 10:30am-1:30pm, starting April 3rd, 2014
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
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Have you ever read a captivating New Yorker article or a page-turner in Esquire and thought to yourself, "I wish I could do that"? Now you can. In this ten-week class, we'll study profiles, true crime, travel writing, and other styles of narrative journalism. We'll look at voice and tone, dialogue, ledes, narrative arc. We'll learn how to generate ideas, write pitch letters, and conduct interviews and other research. Each week we will read two great works of narrative nonfiction and dismantle them together to answer the question: how does the writer DO that? You will also write one or two narrative nonfiction works of your own and workshop them with your peers. By the end of the class, you can expect to have a working draft of at least one long-form narrative piece, as well as a good clean pitch letter and a list of editors to send it to.

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Beth Schwartzapfel

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