"Instead of just the teacher speaking the whole time, the students were able to participate and engage in the conversation, which made it more interesting and enjoyable." – Erica L. | Maplewood, New Jersey
What creative possibilities do true stories hold? How can truth telling and storytelling work together? This class helps students build interviewing and reporting skills while learning about journalistic ethics and exploring forms such as feature writing, profiles, op-eds, and audio pieces. Participants read a wide variety of articles and compose a new story draft every night. Through in-class workshops, students develop their skills in ways that allow them to serve as editors and peer readers for each other and for classmates and publications at their home schools.
Elizabeth Walters is a writer, editor, and teacher. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University, where she taught University Writing, the first-year undergraduate essay course. She has worked as a high-school English teacher, newspaper reporter, and copy editor and is currently a consultant at the Columbia University Writing Center. Her writing has appeared in a number of publications, including The Times-Picayune, The Village Voice, The Rumpus, and the website of the Washington Post.
Kristen Martin recently received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She is at work on a collection of essays that explores and meditates on grief. Her personal and critical essays have been published in Literary Hub, Catapult Magazine, Real Life, The Hairpin, Guernica, The Toast, Google Play Editorial, Public Books, Saveur, The Grief Diaries, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Cleaver Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches first-year writing at Columbia University and Baruch College.