Are you a creative nonfiction writer who wants to sell your work to paying online publications? Framing your CNF around timely events, hot topics, and the like can help. But doing so requires infusing your writing with elements of reporting. This Journalism 101 class, taught by freelance journalist Jennifer Chesak, will teach you the nuts and bolts. You'll learn how to craft a good lede and a solid nut graf, how to incorporate interview quotes from experts, how to source facts, and how to poke holes in your own work to avoid confirmation bias. You'll also learn how to balance your creative work with reported content, especially for personal essays.
Jennifer Chesak is the author of the forthcoming book The Psilocybin Handbook for Women: How Magic Mushrooms, Psychedelic Therapy, and Microdosing Can Benefit Your Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health (Ulysses Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster, summer 2023). She is a Nashville-based freelance journalist, editor, fact-checker, and adjunct professor with almost two decades of experience and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill. Her byline appears in several national publications, including the Washington Post.