Nonfiction: Writing Seminar and Portfolio
Build upon the skills and writing process introduced in the first part of the program and gain new knowledge.Topics include:
- Write and receive feedback on a portfolio of publishable quality work that can lay the groundwork to pursue freelance opportunities.
- Shorter- and intermediate-length assignments lead to the program's centerpiece: a publishable, feature-length article, personal essay or book chapter of 2,000 to 3,000 words.
- Focus on how to conduct intensive research, discover your writing voice and identify your audience.
- Hone observational skills, discover new research sources, strengthen the structure of your writing and refine your style and point of view.
- Unlock the secrets of effective narrative reporting and craft transitions and endings.
- Study word choice, imagery, rhythm, cadence, humor and other literary elements.
- Learn how to revise your work and constructively critique that of others. Libel, privacy and ethics in reporting and writing are also covered.
- Learn what is involved in living as a writer – both in terms of ongoing learning and livelihood.
- Address environmental sustainability issues.
- Create a class anthology with your peers to showcase individual writing.
- Marketing approaches will be discussed in terms of the respective goals of class members.
Guest speakers include Knute “Skip” Berger, Peter Fish, Diane Mapes, and Sharlene Martin (subject to change).
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