2015 - Fall

Longform Narrative

Course Number: JOUR-GA 1231.003

Day & Time: Wednesday, 2:00PM-5:00PM

Location: 7th Floor Library

Instructor: Robert S. Boynton

What is “literary reportage”? Sometimes called “literary journalism” or the “literature of fact,” it might best be thought of as a way of weaving characters, reporting, research and stories together to create something that appeals to the general reader. In my opinion, literary reportage is less a subject to be studied than a collection of practices, insights, techniques and formulas­­embodied in wonderful literature­­to help a writer explore the subjects he/she cares about, and articulate that passion in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. Literary reportage is valuable to the extent that you can use it, and it is in this spirit that this course operates.