Writing About the Arts
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3881
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
If everyone's a critic, why do we need arts writers? This writing workshop investigates arts journalism—encompassing theater, screens, architecture, food, dance, opera, fashion, music visual arts, books, and more—and what it means to be a feature writer or critic in the 21st century. We look with an editor's eye at classics (think: Edmund Wilson to Susan Sontag) and contemporaries (beyond your New Yorker). Weekly writing assignments include: first-person essays, Q&A interviews, reviews, and blog stories, with an opportunity at pitching and publishing to both mainstream and alternative outlet editors. Guest lecturers include traditional as well as e-publishing, from Amazon and the New York Times, to offer their viewpoint on what good arts writing means to us today. Jerry Portwood is currently the executive editor at Out magazine, the world's leading gay lifestyle and fashion magazine, working on both print stories and overseeing its digital strategy, including its must-read Popnography blog. Previously, he was the editor in chief at New York Press, the alternative newsweekly, and was the founding editor of CityArts, a weekly arts publication that continues to publish in New York City.
Course Open to: Degree Students