Harrington School of Communication and Media

Com 410/599: The Art, Craft, and Business of Nonfiction
Spring 2012 schedule: Tuesdays, 3:30-6:15

 “Gone are the days of the legendary author-editor relationship, epitomized by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Maxwell Perkins,” reads the opening page of a top New York literary agency’s web site.

“Writing history” Oxford historian A.J.P. Taylor used to say, “was like W.C. Fields juggling: it looks easy until you try to do it yourself.”

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The Biography of Governor Bruce Sundlun
as a Template for 21st Century Multimedia and Interactive Publishing

Lead Instructor and Course Coordinator: Stephen Frater

Providing a unique incubator for today's generation of story tellers represents a hallmark opportunity for the Harrington School of Communication and Media. Aspiring writers will collaborate with faculty from communication studies, history, business, journalism, sociology, anthropology and political science in a hands-on, real world literary apprenticeship seminar in which a team approach is used to develop the skills, digital materials, literary contacts, and presentation formats to complete a successful book proposal and a commercially- viable, academically distinguished finished work.

Beginning Spring semester 2012, the Harrington School is offering the first of a 3-semester series of courses to develop a template of how to write and sell nonfiction in today's market.

The students and faculty involved will receive academic credit, and literary credit, contacts, and experiences as well. Faculty participants will be listed as contributing editors; graduate students and undergraduate contributors will be listed as contributing co-editors or research assistants, depending on their level of contribution as determined by faculty.

The series of courses will teach how to research, organize, write, present, publish, and market a nonfiction book in the 21st Century. Students will use the authorized unpublished autobiography of the late Governor Bruce Sundlun, a former URI faculty member and a towering figure in RI military, business, social and political circles for a half-century.

The course(s) are offered as independent studies by the Communication Department and will be open to select upper classmen and graduate business, political science, history, sociology, creative writing, and journalism students.

Series Outline

Semester One—Spring 2012

Semester Two—Fall 2012

Semester Three—Spring 2013