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<span id="_ctl16__ctl0_head_title">Ryerson: The Chang School: Course: CDJN 118</span>

CDJN 118 Advanced Feature Writing


Certificate and Degree Credit
Communication & Design Program Area


Prerequisite(s): CDJN 117
Duration: 39 Hours
Fee: $699.55* (Payment in full is required at time of enrolment.)


This project-intensive advanced course is designed for serious students of magazine feature writing to further develop their reporting and narrative skills. Students must have a familiarity with the basics of conceiving and focusing story ideas for specific markets as well as the fundamentals of researching, reporting, interviewing and writing, as covered in CDJN 117. The course emphasizes what is called literary journalism, which combines journalism's concern for solid reporting and factual accuracy with many of the dramatic techniques of fiction. At its best, this kind of feature writing holds readers' interest, entertaining them while simultaneously providing the depth and context necessary to understand complex issues and events or capture the essence of a profile subject. There will be short writing assignments as well as one longer feature, which must contain some or all of the elements of the course: evidence of on-the-scene reporting, a narrative arc consisting of a well-crafted beginning-middle-end, character development, the use of dialogue instead of (or in addition to) traditional quotation, the use of symbol to support theme, etc. Students are expected to come to the first class prepared to discuss story ideas and move on quickly to writing a query letter. CDJN 117 combined with CDJN 118 is equivalent to JRN 124.

Note: To find out more about your instructor, visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/magazine.
Candidates seeking admission by experience must produce a portfolio of feature work published in magazines and/or substantial magazine-style features from newspapers. For more information, contact the instructor at 416.466.5167.

Fall 2016
Enrolment for this term is closed.
Classroom Delivery Option
Thursday6:30 PM - 9:30 PM 15 Sep 2016-15 Dec 2016
Winter 2017
Enrolment for this term is closed.
Classroom Delivery Option
Thursday6:30 PM - 9:30 PM 19 Jan 2017-20 Apr 2017
Spring/Summer 2017
Enrolment for Spring/Summer 2017 is currently open; see Important Dates for specific enrolment periods. See Enrolment for instructions on enrolling online, by mail, or in person. Undergraduate Students: Please enrol using RAMSS for courses applicable to your degree program.Due to Congress 2017 taking place on campus, there will be no undergraduate, graduate, or Chang School on campus classes from Saturday, May 27 to Friday, June 2, 2017. Distance Education courses will not be affected. There are a few other exceptions that will run through Congress week. Please visit Congress 2017 – Chang School Exceptions page for more information and for the complete list of Chang School exceptions..
There are no classes/sections scheduled for this course in Spring/Summer 2017

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