8-Week Online (Zoom) Workshop: The Art of the Reported Essay, Starts March 9th, 2021
Class Starts March 9th, 2021
Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Tuesdays, 5PM - 7PM CST
Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower right) to talk with us.Led by novelist and freelance writer Michael Bourne, a long-time contributing editor to Poets & Writers Magazine and staff writer at The Millions, whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon, The Economist, and The Globe and Mail.
In this course, you will conceive, pitch, research, and write a nonfiction piece under the guidance of an experienced writer and editor. The course will build from the ground up, starting with the rudiments of how to develop and sell a nonfiction essay or article. From there, we’ll work on developing the skills required to interview sources and turn interviews and archival evidence into compelling nonfiction. Finally, students will present a polished draft of an essay, article, or chapter from a longer work for critique.
The course will function as a sort of online newsroom, with the instructor taking the role of a managing editor while students work as reporters, listening to one another’s pitches, suggesting possible interviews and avenues for research, and helping develop and shape each other’s finished work.
In addition to my work at national publications like Poets & Writers, The New York Times, and The Globe and Mail, I’ve taught at the college level for more than a quarter century at institutions ranging from Fordham University to the University of British Columbia. Before I started teaching, I was a staff reporter at local print newspapers in California and Colorado. I’ve published short stories in more than a dozen literary magazines including Tin House, The Common, The Southampton Review, and december. My debut novel Blithedale Canyon is due out from Regal House in Spring 2022.
This course is open to students at all skill levels and is designed to give students training and experience in reporting and researching for nonfiction work. While some may choose to report and write shorter magazine articles and essays, the course is also open to writers working on longer form nonfiction that incorporates live interviews and/or archival research. Of course, students are also welcome to bring in works in progress that may require additional interviews or additional shaping of existing research.
We will read a few short works of published narrative nonfiction, but the focus will be on reporting and writing your own work.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class meets weekly on Tuesdays via Zoom, 5PM - 7PM CST.
- Instructor: Michael Bourne
- Class size limited to 10 writers
- Starts March 9th, 2021
- Course is fully ONLINE and meets weekly via Zoom.
Instructor Michael Bourne is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, a book critic for The Globe and Mail, and a staff writer for the literary website The Millions. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The National Post, The Economist, Salon, The Georgia Straight, The Baltimore Sun, and many other publications. He has published short stories in more than a dozen literary magazines including Tin House, The Common, The Southampton Review and december. Michael's debut novel Blithedale Canyon is due out from Regal House in Spring 2022. He has taught at the college level for more than a quarter century at institutions ranging from Fordham University and the University of British Columbia to George Brown College in Toronto, where Michael works now.