J298 – Narrative Writing Capstone

J298 Narrative Writing Capstone

Class time: Wednesdays 3-6

Office hours: Wednesdays 1-3, or by appointment

Instructor: Amy Rowland amyrowland@berkeley.edu (413) 374-2294

Course Description:

This is a capstone course for second year narrative writers. The primary goal is to serve as a workshop for final thesis projects, with close consideration of structure, narrative, and voice. The purpose of the course is to bring each thesis to a final and polished completion through a class for the cohort. After a weekly check-in on your writing progress and problems, we will analyze assigned readings for the shared narrative principles that apply to your projects. But your theses will be the primary object of discussion. We will move from discussion and advice for creating a work plan to framing and structuring your material, to revising and refining your stories. You will present portions of your thesis or pre-thesis writing to the entire class. This is an opportunity for you to receive thoughtful and sympathetic critiques from others trained in narrative journalism and currently facing the same challenges. The idea is for the instructor and your peers to help you complete a convincing and compelling thesis.



Time:  W 3:00 - 6:00

Location:  To be determined

Class Number:  10853

Section:  011

Units:  3

Length:  15 weeks

Course Material Fee:  None

Enroll Limit:  12

Restrictions & Prerequisites