About the event
To dreamers of a career in creative writing, nonfiction can sometimes seem less liberating than fiction, especially for those who use it heavily in their day jobs. This course will explore the delight and excitement that can be found in different types of nonfiction, and the ways it can be used to supplement other styles or as a meaningful career in its own right.
Together, we will read examples of blog posts, news stories, press releases, features, essays, reviews and more, breaking down the elements that make them exhilarating or unbearable. We will discuss tips and tricks for writing powerful pieces in each style, before putting words on the paper ourselves and receiving clear feedback that will move each participant further towards their individual goals.
This three-part series offers easily digestible lessons in various types of nonfiction, but it’s main objective is to provide practical assistance for each writer. With this in mind, participants should come along with ideas of what they want to learn, whether they hope to pick up an entirely new skill, or simply develop and enhance techniques they are already using.
Week 1: journalism (Tuesday 16th October)
Week 2: blogging (Tuesday 23rd October)
Week 3: essays, reviews, press releases, and your questions (Tuesday 30th October)
Please note that this course is bespoke to its participants and the agenda may change depending on what you want to learn.
What you will learn
By the end of the course, you will understand:
1. The basics of journalism: some common ideas and misconceptions;
2. The basics of blogging: some controversial ideas;
3. How to approach a review, feature, opinion piece or essay;
4. How to develop your ideas, identify your audience, and select the appropriate style;
5. Ethics and law for journalists and other nonfiction writers;
6. Whatever else you bring to the table.
About Steff Humm
Steff has an MA in Journalism from the University of Westminster, and has worked as a B2B reporter and freelance editor. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Ink, a digital magazine dedicated to the exploration of the comics industry and its social conditions. She is currently working towards her PhD in critical thinking and cultural studies as the University of Nottingham.
Book your place
The price for both parts of this course is £50 for general admission and £30 for NWS members. The price to attend sessions individually is £18 for general admission and £12 for NWS members.
Book your place below, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.