Feature articles are the human side of journalism—pieces that go beyond the facts, exploring the world in a personal and compelling way. Such articles can examine virtually any topic, from the latest news to the newest trends to profiles of interesting people.
Feature articles abound in magazines, newspapers, and websites, and they can even grow into books, such as Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The Perfect Storm.
Article writing combines the reporter’s hunt for a story with a storyteller’s flair. In our course, you will learn such journalistic techniques as angles, “ledes,” research, and interviewing, as well as such craft elements as description, structure, character, and voice. You will also learn how and where to market your work.
Whether you seek to write stories drawn from serious news or the lighter side of life, we’ll show you how to write articles that grab a reader’s attention.
Note: Feature articles are fact-based journalistic pieces. Reporting—research and interviewing—is essential. This course does not cover pieces that are purely literary or opinion-based, such as personal essay, memoir, reviews, and opinion pieces.