Sportswriter Rick Reilly said, "It's people stories that make good reading. I don't feel like I'm a sportswriter. I feel like I'm a guy who writes about people who happen to do sports. The best columns are the ones where you tie it somehow into the fabric of the country."
In this two-session class with Ken Sins, a retired sportswriter, columnist and editor, you will focus on a certain type of journalism—sports writing. Specifically, you will brainstorm current sports issues
or discuss remarkable athletes, select a topic, and try your hand at writing your own sports column. You may write about “people who happen to do sports” or issues that happen to be about sports.
The history of sports journalism, how to gather information and interview athletes and coaches, and other matters relevant to sports reporting will be among topics discussed. In the second session, you will have the opportunity to share your column.
This class will appeal to a variety of people—those interested in journalistic writing, column writing, or sports writing in general and impassioned sports fans or writers in any genre.
Instructor: Ken Sins has worked as a freelance sportswriter for the Associated Press, Houston Post, Dallas Cowboys Weekly, and United Press International. He also reported for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was beat, spot off-season columnist for the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys. Early in his career, Ken served as the sports editor for several New York newspapers; he has had a varied career as a sportswriter.