Last night, we were lucky enough to have Michele Kayal as our guest professor. As an accomplished freelance writer, she was the perfect person to give us a lesson on feature writing.
After some introductions, Michele taught us about the anatomy of a feature story. Here were some of the main points:
Once we got through that, we went over the bank robbery assignment. Michele had each of us read our lead. Here were some common problems:
- Making the lead too "new-sy" and not creative enough for a feature story
- Not using the name, which was important because of status
- Not taking a point of view/angle
- Making the lead less than 25 words, which isn't necessary for feature writing
After reviewing all of our leads, we went to the computers and tried to re-write them to make them more feature-like. Once again, we went around the room and reviewed each other's work. Overall, we seemed to get a better understanding of how to create an interesting lead for a feature.
Lastly, we began the "Student Sit-In" assignment with Michele's guidance. We worked on them until class ended.
To do for October 1:
- Do radio story (Page 243), "Historic Document"
- Read chapters 11 and 12
- Read Writing to be Heard (Pages 214-216)
- Read Characteristics of Writing (Pages 233-235)
- Finish "Student Sit-In" (Page 208) that was started in class
Have a great week!