Courses & Faculty

Nick Kowalczyk

Do you dream of writing for a travel or music magazine? How about a fashion, sports, environmental, gaming, or food publication? Or what about general news magazines like Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, or Atlantic Monthly? This course will give you an informed professional understanding of how the magazine world works and help you develop magazine-style writing skills. Lessons will focus on the analysis of different types of magazines and articles, as well as the fundamentals of researching, writing, and marketing your work. Sessions will include a mixture of lectures, discussions, informal presentations, in-class workshops, and possibly some reporting excursions.

Nick Kowalczyk holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in the field of creative nonfiction. A former reporter for The Kansas City Star, he has published essays and articles in, Edible Finger Lakes, Men’s Edge, Ninth Letter, and American Literary Review. In 2008, one of his articles was cited in Best American Essays. In 2011, he was a founding editor of a locally focused, green-living magazine titled Fresh Dirt, Ithaca, which grew out of an Ithaca College class and included articles by several students. A faculty member since 2008, he teaches the courses Feature Writing, Magazine Writing, Writing Nonfiction, Travel Writing, and Personal Essay.