About this course
Take your way with words to another level as you explore literary journalism, a genre that smudges the line between the real and the imagined by drawing on techniques that are used in fiction. This approach will add an extra dimension to life writing and factual stories, from memoirs and personal essays to travel pieces and online articles.
Materials Required: Course materials provided. Please bring pen and a notebook.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, kitchen access is limited. Please bring your own lunch and refreshments.
Additional Information: This course will cover:
• Introduction to the genre and literary journalism: Learn how to apply the techniques of fiction to true stories so that you can present the facts in entertaining ways.
• Memoir and point of view: Consider your personal experiences and hone your observation skills as we look at life writing and different perspectives.
• Autobiography/biography and description: Discover ways to add sensory details to the information you present, drawing on a mix of showing and telling to reconstruct events.
• Essays, anecdotes, dialogue and character: Bring your subjects to life on the page as you explore human interest issues and the contradictions that make people who they are.
• Travel writing and place: Develop a strong sense of time and space as you construct engaging scenes and build settings that help to enhance mood.
• Conclusion and structure: Find the narrative shape that best suits your story, ordering and organising your material to turn it into compelling copy.