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JOUR 2240 Profile Writing (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

One of the few forms of literary nonfiction open to new writers that is still welcome in the magazine world, profiles offer a unique opportunity to explore the breadth and complexity of intriguing characters within the context of the larger culture, which is always the profile writer's second subject. We’ll examine exemplary profiles by masters of the form, including George Plimpton, Lillian Ross, and John Jeremiah Sullivan. Each week we'll address the problems and processes of students' work-in-progress, with close attention paid to interviewing techniques, tricks of observation, story structure, and authorial presence (valuable skills for writers of any genre). Additional emphasis will be placed on research, revision, and follow-up interviews.


Instructor(s): John O'Connor

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 10-Feb-15