Reminder feature drafts are due today if you want strong guidance on how to improve your works in progress.
A couple reminders we discussed:
1. Word length can be no more than 1,250 words. However, what’s most important is that the writing is tight and clear AND the curiosity of the reader is sated — in other words, you don’t insert points or detail that raise more questions than you answer in your copy.
2. You must have quotes from at least three people you have spoken directly to for your story.
3. You cannot interview immediate family – parents, grandparents and siblings – for your story (you can certainly use them as a resource to find other people to talk to).
4. You must include contact information — email and phone numbers – of the people you interviewed. I will spot check these.
As discussed in class, the list of essential books no non-fiction writer should be without is here.
Questions? Let me know.