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Journalism and Creative Nonfiction

  • Develops Voice
  • Strengthens Technical Skills
  • Shapes Tone and Style

The ability to tell an engaging and compelling story is fundamental to both journalistic writing and creative nonfiction. Learn the technical reporting skills necessary for a career in journalism or gain the confidence to write and publish your memoir, personal essay, or opinion piece. Develop strong stories for a variety of media—print and digital magazines and newspapers, video, podcasts, social media platforms--and learn to pitch your work to editors. Try an introductory or advanced class or explore our Certificate in Journalism and Newswriting .

This Fall, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Feature Writing for Print and Digital Media

This practical workshop is designed to prepare you for writing and publishing feature articles.

2021 Fall
1 section

Interviews and Profiles

Learn how to conduct effective interviews, fashion them into articles, and get them published.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

How to Write Op-Eds and Personal Essays

Learn how to write essays and then get them published in magazines, in newspapers, and online.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction offers us an expansive mode of inquiry. In this introductory course, we’ll read and discuss a range of nonfiction...

2021 Fall
1 section

Jump-Start Your Memoir

This class is for anyone who always has wanted to write a memoir but can’t quite get things rolling, or is stuck in a rut.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Writing Midlife and Beyond

Learn how to shape your personal experiences and reporting into a compelling, publishable essay or feature for the midlife and beyond market.

2021 Fall
1 section

Creating a Narrative Podcast

Acquire the training to launch your own story-driven podcast series, and leave the course with your own 15- to 20-minute pilot.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Introduction to Spanish Journalism

Improve your vocabulary, grammar, and grasp of Spanish slang by reading and discussing news articles in Spanish.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Podcasting, Radio Reporting, and Storytelling

If you want to create a podcast or work in radio, learn everything you need to get started in this beginner’s workshop.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

Media Literacy: An Overview

In the era of “fake news,” it’s more important than ever to better understand the basics of reporting and hard-news...

2021 Fall
1 section

Multimedia Storytelling

Multimedia storytelling has the power to provide context and depth to news stories, fundraising drives, marketing campaigns, and personal...

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Introduction to the Media Industry

In this two-session course taught by a senior magazine editor with deep experience in newspaper, magazine, and digital media as well as...

2021 Fall
1 section

Freelance Journalism: How to Pitch and Sell Stories

Learn how to hatch fresh story ideas that will draw editors’ attention and how to portray these ideas in winning ways.

2021 Summer
1 section

Writing About Health and Beauty for Online Publications and Magazines

This nonfiction writing course will give you the tools to write and sell health and beauty stories for a robust and growing market.

2021 Summer
1 section

Writing Parenthood

Produce a polished, ready-to-publish personal essay or hybrid essay/reported piece about parenthood for a growing market.

2021 Summer
1 section

Advanced Podcast Workshop

As a self-motivated emerging podcaster with editing experience a background in audio storytelling, get feedback on your work-in-progress.

2021 Summer
1 section

Entertainment Journalism

Raise your arts IQ and gain a solid understanding of how to write publishable articles that inform and entertain and can be pitched to major outlets.

Newswriting: Writing Above the Fold

Learn the central aspects of newswriting, from crafting a lede to organizing complex information into truthful, objective, and accurate prose.

Journaling: Writing Today for Tomorrow

Explore of the history of journaling with gain practical guidance in developing a journaling approach that is personally and creatively fulfilling.

Writers' Workshop and Tutorial

This advanced writing workshop combines small peer workshops with the invaluable opportunity to work individually with a professional editor.