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ENGWRT 0610: Journalism & Nonfiction Writing - Oakland Campus

This guide is for students taking ENGWRT 0610: Introduction to Journalism & Nonfiction

Welcome to the Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction Guide

Welcome to the Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction research guide. Use this guide to find information for your course and to obtain tips on how to conduct background research for your assignments.

The links off more information for library and research assistance:

Creative Nonfiction

from "The 5 Rs of Creative Nonfiction" (Lee Gutkind)

"Real Life"  "Reflection"  "Research"  "Reading"  "Writing"

on RESEARCH:

The research phase actually launches and anchors the creative effort. Whether it is a book or essay I am planning, I always begin my quest in the library - for three reasons. First, I need to familiarize myself with the subject. If it is something about which I do not know, I want to make myself knowledgeable enough to ask intelligent questions. If I can't display at least a minimal understanding of the subject about which I am writing, I will lose the confidence and the support of the people who must provide access to the experience.

Secondly, I will want to assess my competition. What other essays, books and articles have been written about this subject? Who are the experts, the pioneers, the most controversial figures? I want to find a new angle - not write a story similar to one that has already been written. And finally, how can I reflect and evaluate a person, subject or place unless I know all of the contrasting points-of-view? Reflection may permit a certain amount of speculation, but only when based upon a solid foundation of knowledge.