Creative Nonfiction: The Act of Immersion: Reporting Deeply on the Lives of Others

The most powerful journalism transports readers into foreign terrain with depth, nuance and intimate knowledge, allowing them to steep in the worlds of other people. This is the product of immersive reporting, a high-wire act of journalism that is as challenging as it is rewarding. In this course, we will explore both the virtues and limits of immersion, tackling questions about the purpose, ethics and practice of deep reportage. Students will learn first-hand how to immerse, building skills in observation, interviewing tactics, and story structure, while producing a final work of narrative nonfiction.

Other Requirements

Not Open to Graduate Students.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

If the course fills, you may email Tim Waldron, Journalism Program Manager, at to be put on a waitlist. Please include a paragraph explaining your interest in the course.

Other Information

Andrea Elliott is a two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist who has extensively documented the lives of poor Americans, Muslim immigrants and other people on the margins of power. An investigative reporter for The New York Times, she is the author of Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City, which won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. Elliott is the first woman in history to win individual Pulitzers in both Letters (2022) and Journalism (2007).


S01 — Andrea Elliott

Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM