feature writing

understanding what makes for a strong feature

course description

How to write a feature including coming up with an idea; researching it; pitching for, carrying out and writing up interviews; the structure of the feature – what to do and what not to do; what makes for a strong feature; pitching features to editors. Participants will learn how to write their own features.

prior experience

No – but some knowledge and/or interest in long-form journalism would be an advantage.

equipment required

None required.

this course will be of interest to

Those wishing to improve their long-form writing; people interested in pursuing a career in journalism; people keen to forge a writing career involving feature writing.

course dates

This course runs from 10am – 5pm over Saturday 19th October.

course price


course overview

  •      Coming up with an idea
  •     Researching the feature
  •     Carrying out and writing up interviews
  •     Structuring the feature – what to do and what not to do
  •     How to write the intro to a feature
  •     What makes for a strong feature
  •     Pitching features to editors


Helen Nugent

Helen Nugent is a multi-award-winning journalist and the Editor of Northern Soul, a culture and enterprise website about the North of England. She teaches Music Journalism at the University of Salford and is a professional journalist. During her career, Helen has worked in London for The Times for a decade, freelanced for most of the national newspapers including The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent and The Mail on Sunday, been a presenter for BBC 5 Live and BBC local radio, and a senior Editor at The Spectator. She runs her own media training company.



Twitter: @nugehelen

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