Creative Journalism (JOUR0101)

Fall - October 17–December 20, 2020
Days & Time:
Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Laura Palmer

Course Description

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 new story drafts. 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. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.

Courses in creative writing are offered in conjunction with the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Overseen by Chair of Creative Writing Lis Harris, Professor Alan Ziegler, and Director of Creative Writing for Pre-College Programs Christina Rumpf, the creative writing courses are designed to challenge and engage students interested in literary creation, providing them with a substantial foundation for further exploration of their creative work.

JOUR0101 | Call Number: 22847 | View this listing on the Directory of Courses.


Laura Palmer

Laura Palmer is a writer, editor and teacher. In addition to teaching journalism and creative nonfiction in the Summer Program for High School Students, she has taught in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Columbia University and at Parsons The New School for Design. Laura has edited several student-run and independent publications. She is currently an MFA student in Columbia's School of the Arts.

Back to the Course Guide

Specific course details such as topics, activities, hours, and instructors are subject to change at the discretion of the University. Not all instructors listed for a course teach all sections of that course.