Writing features for magazines and websites – Six week introductory course.
Thank God for stories – for those who have them, for those who tell them, for those who devour them as the soul sustenance that they are. Stories give shape to experience and allow us to go through life unblind. Without them, everything that happens would float around, undifferentiated. None of it would mean anything. Once you have a version of what happened all the other good stuff about being human comes into play. You can laugh, feel awe, commit a passionate act, get pissed, want to change things.
Alex Tizon quoted by Jacqui Banaszynski in Telling True Stories
This course will help you develop the four essential skills that a good feature writer needs:
1. Coming up with winning story ideas
2. Selling stories to an editor
3. Research and reporting
4. Writing well.
Reviews from recent students (left).
“Thank-you Dawn! I have learned so much more than I expected. The technical, even academic approach to writing features will hopefully provide me with the necessary impetus to get going.
The reading material was incredibly diverse and inspirational and introduced me to a whole new world of writers. Additionally, getting us to write down our ideas and present them was a great exercise.”
“You really gave me food for thought. I enjoyed the course as it allowed me to broaden my horizons and thought processes. Your patience and support really improved my confidence in writing and I will always remember the basics of feature writing. With your guidance, I am going to start my own blog and see where it takes me. Thank-you Dawn, you have inspired me.”
“The class was lovely! Dawn’s approach to the art of writing is inspirational, motivating and informative. She brings with her a world of knowledge and experience.”
“Dawn made a wide variety of features simple and meaningful. She did a great job in helping me to start writing features and inspired me with her enthusiasm. She also helped me improve my basic grammar and English usage.”