The Art of Storytelling: Fiction and Non-Fiction

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What’s the best way to tell a story? We’re always telling stories, whether its over lunch with friends, or through a TikTok or an instagram story. In this class, we’ll look at what goes into a good story. Using examples from journalism and short fiction, including short works by Joan Didion and James Baldwin, we’ll explore the timeless power of storytelling and start to think about the ways that storytelling has changed in the digital age.

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