In this, class students will learn the elements of a nonfiction story through exercises and reading and work toward completing their own nonfiction work.
What is nonfiction prose? How will I decide what to write?
Developing an idea
Reading: example news article
Writing: short informational news article on a local event
What is good nonfiction prose?
Explicit main ideas, organization, details, perspective
Reading: Example opinion piece/essay
Writing: Opinion piece on an important issue (health care, capital punishment, etc.)
How do I pursue my ideas? How do I market my ideas?
Interviews, research, markets
Reading: example article on an historic event
Writing: news article on a historic event or interview/biography of a notable person
Find at least one market for your work
Polishing Our Work
Conciseness, clarity, format, organization, word choice, sentence construction
Reading: Sample query letter
Writing: polish one of your past articles, or write a new article reviewing a book or a movie
Write a query letter for the work
Note: topics of the class/nonfiction are flexible based on student interest