Journalism is going through a crisis. Whether this has to do with a shift in its credibility or a change in how it is transmitted to audiences (newspapers, radio and television have been replaced by the internet and social media), one could say that narrative journalism, also known as literary journalism or creative non-fiction, is as important as ever, if not more so.
While we experience stories on a daily basis as readers and listeners, what happens when the tables are turned and we become the storytellers? What makes a good narrative and how do you write one? What tools do you use to reach audiences in the 21st century?
This three-session workshop will begin with a short history of narrative journalism and how it has evolved by looking at concrete examples from contemporary media (i.e. podcasts, magazine articles, blogs, etc.). The following two sessions will set the grounds for participants to start writing their own true story by guiding them through hands-on exercises and techniques (brainstorming, research methods, carrying out interviews, transcribing, etc.).
By the end of the workshop, all participants will have started writing a story on their topic of choice. Feedback on stories developed in the workshop will be given through group discussions in class and by the instructor. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to class and will need a recording device and camera (mobile phones are adequate).
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