New: Feature Writing

Features are info-tainment as they both inform and entertain a reader. You will learn how to recognise good ideas and develop them into credible articles, be offered practical techniques for structuring your writing and encouraged to develop an individual voice. You can experiment with different types of features there are many!

Who is this course for

Those interested in learning how to generate and develop ideas and write feature articles for magazines. Reasonable writing skills will be helpful. Willingness to share ideas with other group members/ give feedback/ undertake mock interviews and take part in brainstorming/ sharing and writing exercises. No former experience is required, just an interest in learning.

What does this course cover

What is a feature? (And what is not a feature - a blog/ a news story!)
What type of feature do you think you want to write - a look at sample features/ types
Where do ideas come from and how can they be developed into an article of interest?
Sometimes it is not what you know, but who - identifying useful contacts and developing story ideas out of these and feeding back to peers.
Looking for evidence. The primary and secondary research and the colour needed to give an article substance - brainstorming activities to develop ideas and plan features.
Interviewing effectively to get good quotes and general information with some interview planning and practice.
How are feature articles structured so they don't sag in the middle or get unwieldy? Some ideas.
How to write compelling openings and conclusions to your piece? A look at the various intro options and practising and comparing writing techniques.

What will it be like

Whole group and small group brainstorming and discussion
Work in pairs (practising interviews/ developing ideas and giving peer feedback)
Some presentation of ideas to group by individual students
Demonstration and examples from teacher
1-1 feedback from teacher, written and verbal

What else do you need to buy or do

Students should bring a pen and some paper for note taking. You may want to develop and research ideas for features in between sessions and bring in samples of good practice (eg source articles for sharing and discussing with group/ as directed by teacher)

What this course could lead to

Tutor to advise

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Got a Question about this Course?

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