2024 - Spring

Portfolio I

Course Number: JOUR-GA 1044.001

Day & Time: Wed | 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM

Location: 20 Cooper Square, Room 659

Instructor: Liza Featherstone

Portfolio I is the first in a two-course workshop, during which you will learn the basic building blocks of literary reportage: generating ideas, refining those ideas into pitches, and developing those pitches into pieces of roughly 1,500-3,000 words. As we work through this process, we will discuss interview and reporting techniques, structure and outlines, scenes, and dialogue. We will also refine the art of the reported essay: advancing ideas and arguments through reportage and narrative.

This class also provides an opportunity for you to explore your thesis-in-progress idea with several smaller pieces. It is better to discover which thesis ideas will work now, rather than wait until later.

Pitching stories to professional sites with an eye to publication is an integral part of this class. International students who wish to use the Curricular Practical Training option for this practicum class should contact the NYU Office of Global Services.