Over the course of four lectures, author, critic and journalism professor Kamal Al-Solaylee will take participants on a guided tour of writing narrative nonfiction for general-interest magazines and books. He’ll start with developing and writing a pitch (or query letter) for a feature in the first lecture and end with crafting a detailed proposal for a nonfiction book in the fourth. In between, Al-Solaylee will guide his audience toward reporting, structuring and writing a complete feature story in the second lecture, and identifying and writing a personal essay or memoir piece in the third. Taken together, the four lectures will act as a beginners’ guide to the world of nonfiction writing for a general audience with little or no prior experience.
Should you be interested in developing either the feature story or your personal essay into a larger narrative (i.e. a book), then the first step you should explore is a complete proposal for a nonfiction book that you or your agent can shop around publishing houses.