Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants

Title

Reporting Creatively: The Dying Art of Literary Journalism

Department

Writing Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

Lately, the growth of new media, with its focus on short and instant forms, and the memoir, which prioritizes personal experience over facts, have become the dominant forms of non fiction. They threaten to make literary, long-form journalism, with its combination of deep reporting and aesthetic risk-taking, extinct. In addition, creative writing programs rarely include courses on literary journalism. But we believe they should because the genre borrows techniques of fiction, non fiction, and poetry, in order to write about current affairs, people, and issues. Literary journalism skills would provide professional and freelance opportunities for young writers. In this day of instant news, long form journalism is a dying art that combines intense reporting and excellent writing. This panel of writers, journalists, and professors, will discuss the challenges of and strategies for teaching literary journalism, as well as the process of writing for online and print publications.

Conference Name

Association of Writing Programs Conference

Conference Location

Boston

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