This seminar will focus on journalism as an art form, especially as it regards social issues. Literary, investigative non-fiction came to flourish in the 1960s and ‘70s and continued; this course will explore that tradition with essays and articles by Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Katherine Boo, and others.
The class will operate like a magazine newsroom in which student writers will produce a high-quality story that goes through a deep editorial process. Narrative arc, storytelling, and thorough reporting will be emphasized, and themes might include race, class, culture, and more. Students will work on a single, long-form project throughout the semester.
Enrollment is not open to freshmen.