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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

The Literary Journalist

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The literary journalist
The literary journalist

This course will equip you with knowledge about literary journalism (also known as creative non-fiction) and its relationship to contemporary events, with a focus on keys texts written by literary journalists which exemplify best practice in the genre. Students will learn how to identify a topic, conduct meaningful research, and draft, edit, polish, and refine a piece of creative non-fiction. During the course you will explore journalistic writing and its connection with creative writing, gain an understanding of good practice in literary journalism and write creative non-fiction drawing on both journalistic and literary techniques. You will also learn to edit and refine a piece of creative non-fiction and consider trends, the zeitgeist, and the market for topical ideas. 


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Tutor: Tal Shaller

Dates: 5th January – 23rd February 2021

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