Ten Reasons Aspiring Fiction Writers Should Take Journalism Classes, and Lots of Them

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This week, celeb YA authors Jill Williamson and Stephanie Morrill invited me to share my best advice for aspiring young writers on their blog called Go Teen Writers. Their blog is packed full of great insights for young writers and a regular must-read for high school and college students considering a writing career. 

I didn’t have to think about my topic for very long. Journalism classes and newsroom experience can be a huge asset to an aspiring fiction writer. This is a lesson I learned by an accident of sorts (but I am so glad I did). 

For those who love creative writing, the idea of studying journalism may seem like a dose of bad medicine. News writing is fact-based and objective. Fiction writers like to invent their own facts and then take a side! That’s probably why so many aspiring writers prefer to take classes like Screenwriting 101 rather than Media Ethics.

But if you’re interested in exploring how journalism experience can round out your skill set (and you want to see if my top ten list proves true), check out the Go Teen Writers blog post here. Let me know what you think!

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