From News To NarrativeKursnummer: 11117
Writing In-Depth Stories: Today’s journalists need to know more than how to report. They need to know how to craft rich, compelling stories that engage readers and challenge them to think deeply about their communities, their culture and their world. Practice the art and craft of journalistic storytelling at this 4-day writing workshop where we will take one of your „reports“ and, step by step, transform it into a STORY.
Note: If you are interested in the the 2-week „TransAtlantic Storytelling Summerschool 2017“ in Portland, Oregon, this course is an ideal preparation!
We will work with one of your published or in-progress informational stories, explore the art of journalistic storytelling, find a narrative approach for your story that will engage the reader, brainstorm the additional reporting necessary to craft the story, explore organization and structure, and work on a draft.
How this course is scheduled:
Monday: The power of narrative. Why learning the craft of journalistic storytelling is more important now than ever before. Discussion of participants’ informational stories. Brainstorming the small story “hidden” within the informational report.
Tuesday: What is needed to write that story? Exploration of nontraditional reporting methods. The importance of characters. Source v character. Quote v conversation. Thinking cinematically.
Wednesday: Report on progress of participants’ new story-based reporting. Finding scenes that illuminate the story. Re-creation of scenes not directly experienced. Endings! Work on structure and arc.
Thursday: Share/ discuss/ critique draft (or outline) of work.
Lauren Kessler (laurenkessler.com) 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 www.laurenchronicles.com 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.