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Storytelling and Feature Writing

This program has been cancelled for summer 2020.

This class will meet on the Texas State University campus during the 2020 summer semester and will include a required field trip to study storytelling and feature writing in the Pacific Northeast. 


Summer 2020 Term: June 1, 2020 - July 2, 2020

Program Travel: June 16, 2020 - June 23, 2020

Course will meet on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos several times, once in May, June and several times during the summer semester.

Orientation Meetings: May 25, 2020 and June 12, 2020 (tentative)

Course Meetings: Meets regularly, June 1 2020 - July 2, 2020

Required:   Seven-day field trip to the Olympic National Park, Washington.

Program Objectives and Details

Tunnel view at Yosemite National Park

National and state parks offer the perfect backdrop for feature writing and storytelling. Spend two weeks camping, hiking and honing your storytelling skills at Olympic National Park. Students will shoot video and photos using a smart phone to produce social media stories that will be shared with state and national park agencies. Students will also write travel stories and produce multimedia feature content to submit for publication by professional media outlets.

Admission is selective, and space is limited.

Course Options

MC 4356F  Feature Writing  CRN 52211
MC 4382Y  Mobile Storytelling in the Park CRN 52212

Students may register for up to six (6) credit hours during this program.

Pre-trip orientation meetings will take place on the Texas State campus in San Marcos.

Online coursework will also be required. 

Tuition and Program Fee

Tuition for three hours of undergraduate university credit (one course):  $862.71

Tuition for six hours of undergraduate university credit (two courses):  $1,725.42 ​​

Additional Program Fee, which covers lodging, admission to parks, supplies, and transportation: $980

The course tuition and program fee will be billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Drops and Refunds

All university policies regarding installments, course drops, and refunds apply to all billed and paid tuition and program fees.

Applying to the Courses/Program

Important:  To ensure your place in this course/program you must complete the program application and then receive approval from Program Director, Dr. Blasingame.

Applications have been suspended for this program.

Registering for Courses

After applying for and being accepted into the program, you must also register for your course though the Student Information System/Catsweb during the regular University registration period.

For more information about the content of the course/program, please contact Dr. Dale Blasingame.

For questions about applying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.

Read about and View a Video of the 2018 Program!

Visit University Marketing's Storytelling in America's Parks page to read more about and view a video of the 2018 program.