J298 – Intro. to Narrative Writing

J298: Introduction to Reported Narrative Writing
One of the most valuable skills in journalism is the ability to transform hard-earned reporting into a clear, compelling narrative. At its best, nonfiction storytelling engages and moves readers while conveying information and ideas. It can be equally essential to a 900-word New York Times piece and a 5,000-word longform feature.  This course is an introduction to and an exploration of narrative writing, including structure, character development, narrative arc, embedded exposition, and cinematic scenes. Students will produce a series of short, reported stories as well as one longer, deeply-reported narrative feature. As we go, we’ll read and study examples of the form, workshop peer stories, and hear from a series of guests about craft, process, and nuts-and-bolts execution.
The course is open to first and second-year students with preference given to those on the narrative writing track.



Time:  W 10:00 - 1:00


Class Number:  16977

Section:  007

Units:  3

Length:  15 weeks

Course Material Fee:  None

Enroll Limit:  12

Restrictions & Prerequisites