Advanced Storytelling

Kursnummer: 11217

Four days of challenging (and fun) writing that will build on and expand your knowledge of narrative journalism. Working with your own material (from notes you have already gathered for a story to news stories already written/ published) we will focus, one element at a time, on crafting a piece of narrative journalism — from constructing scenes and developing characters to writing dialog and creating compelling exposition. We’ll also read, discuss and learn from outstanding works of narrative journalism.

Note: This Workshop is open only to those who’ve participated in the fjum/ University of Oregon TransAtlantic Storytelling summer school. The workshop begins when you discuss your story with Lauren Kessler via email on March 6 2017.


How this course is scheduled:

Tuesday: Brief introduction/review of the tools of journalist/ storyteller: Description, Narration, Exposition. Focus on description and engaging the senses

Wednesday: Writing dialog. Narrating action.

Thursday: Making a character come alive (description, dialog, narration). The place of exposition.

Friday: Crafting a scene (description, narration, exposition)

Your Trainer: 

Lauren Kessler ( is an American journalist and the award-winning author of 9 books who combines lively narrative with deep research to explore everything from the seemingly romantic but oh-so-gritty world of ballet to the wild, wild west of the anti-aging movement, from the stormy seas of the mother-daughter relationship to the hidden world of Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Her books have been Wall Street Journal and People magazine „best“ selections, Washington Post and Los Angles Times bestsellers. She has written for the New York Times magazine, Los Angeles Times magazine, O (Oprah) magazine and The Nation among others. Her book of essays on the art and craft of writing, Gute Texte, was just recently published in Austria.

She blogs at about wellness and living an engaged life. Kessler is an international speaker and workshop leader and the creator of two graduate programs in narrative journalism at the University of Oregon.

02.05.2017 - 05.05.201709:00 - 15:00
Lauren Kessler
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 18, 1030 Wien Anfahrtsplan