Beck Series: Writers That Inspire
The series provides students the opportunity to hear, study with, and engage some this country’s finest writers, such as:
- Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Alison Bechdel
- Kim Edwards
- Ted Genoways
- Luke Lorentzen
- Min Jin Lee
Gaining Writing Experience in the Field
Facts. Empathy. Place. The next generation of storytellers. Through a liberal arts approach, Narrative Journalism at Denison teaches factual, narrative storytelling to students and faculty across disciplines, and in both traditional and multimedia formats, for the purpose of cultivating the next generation of empathetic reporters, writers and citizens.
Narrative Journalism at Denison is a dynamic concentration that attracts a diversity of majors. We have a growing number of students from Data Analytics, Economics, International Studies, Anthropology and Sociology, Spanish, English, Environmental Studies, Physics, Theatre, Art, Political Science, Psychology, and Communications, with more to come.
Our goal is to help students become better writers, reporters, researchers, and active citizens engaged in the burning issues of their day as well as help faculty seeking to write for broader audiences. Students who elect to be a Narrative Journalism concentrator are better equipped to answer the “so what?” of all their study and research so that the average person can connect to and understand it. Our students gain structured storytelling experience in their field and discover potential career paths along the way.
Narrative journalism writing is a burgeoning field, driven by the changing nature of the way people read online, including the re-emergence of long-form reporting, the growing number of nonprofit news organizations, and the evolution of multimedia journalism, coupled with a surge in documentary storytelling. The popularity of narrative journalism is an indication that both writers and readers appreciate writing that combines rigorous research with compelling, story-driven nonfiction prose. We prepare students majoring in any subject to write for a wide readership across a variety of media platforms.
Through a liberal arts approach, Narrative Journalism at Denison teaches factual, narrative storytelling to students and faculty across disciplines, and in both traditional and multimedia formats, for the purpose of cultivating the next generation of empathetic reporters, writers and citizens.
The Narrative Journalism concentration will prepare students to write for a wide readership across a variety of media platforms. It is firmly grounded in the liberal arts, bringing together existing courses in narrative writing and research methods, independent semester and/or summer research projects, and real world experiences, including internships and campus writing opportunities. The concentration supplements existing courses in expository and creative writing to help students from a wide range of majors integrate their academic coursework with their extracurricular and work experiences. It aims to provide the structure and faculty mentorship that will help students make those connections in a thoughtful and intentional way. In addition to coursework, students in the concentration have access to many unique opportunities including workshops, reporting trips, seminars, and internships.