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. And they can even grow into narrative nonfiction books.
To succeed at features, you need a reporter’s eye for detail, a storyteller’s flair, and the curiosity of a cat. Here you’ll learn about the various types of features and their special requirements, as well as writing craft and how 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 devise articles that grab a reader’s attention.
Feature articles are fact-based journalistic pieces. Reporting—research and interviewing—is essential. If you wish to write nonfiction that is purely literary or opinion-based, look at Memoir Writing, Essay & Opinion Writing, or Personal Essay Writing.
This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of article writing craft and gets you writing a feature article (or two). Course components:
Article Writing I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.
NYC info, tuition: $125
Registration fee $25, paid once per term
The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.
Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.
Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.
Article Writing Intensive topics include: angles, "ledes," interviewing, structure, pitching and selling your work
This course helps you sharpen your skills at article writing craft and work toward completion of one or two feature articles. Writers often repeat Article II to continue their projects. Course components:
Prerequisite: Article Writing I, or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.
Not available at this time.