2022 – Spring

Writing the Long Form Narrative

Course Number: JOUR-GA 1182.006

Day & Time: Tue | 10:00 AM – 1:20 PM

Location: 20 Cooper Square, Room 653

Instructor: Mary W. Quigley

This seminar focuses on the various components that comprise in-depth magazine stories and non-fiction books. We’ll dissect great modern and classic magazine stories, books and book proposals for story, character arcs, dialogue, scenes, analysis, structure, transitions, verb tense, point of view and style. The goal is to figure out how memorable magazine features and narrative non-fiction books that keep your attention to the very last page are created, then to take what we’ve learned and apply it to our own work. There is one semester-long writing assignment—a 3,000+-word feature story—with several shorter related pieces involving scenes, character, dialogue, or analysis, all of which can be incorporated into your final story. Along the way we’ll work on pitches, research and interview techniques, time management, outlines, editing and multiple drafts, and other challenges today’s non-fiction narrative writers face.