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Telling True Stories

This is a three-session poetry writing workshop exploring the various nuances of place and its representations in verse. 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION


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a shift in its credibility or a change in how it is transmitted to audiences (newspapers, radio and television have been replaced by the internet and social media), one could say that narrative journalism, also known as literary journalism or creative non-fiction, is as important as ever, if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).

SESSION 1: TUESDAY 7 MAY 2019

SESSION 2: TUESDAY 14 MAY 2019

SESSION 3: TUESDAY 21 MAY 2019

TIME: 18:00-20:00

AGE: 17+

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

INSTRUCTOR: MELISSA HEKKERS

COST: €60

 

Melissa Hekkers is an established journalist and author. Melissa focuses on silenced communities; she writes about refugees, both as a reporter and a features writer and teaches creative writing.Her most work (2015-2018), the series My Cyprus Mandala explores the natural and cultural heritage of Cyprus. In 2007, she published Crocodile, which won the Cyprus State Illustration Award. In 2012, she was nominated for the Cyprus State Literary Award for her second children’s book Flying across Red Skies, an experimental approach to literature. In 2014, she published Pupa. In between her last two books, she published her first free-verse poetry book Come-forth. Find Melissa at melissahekkers.com.


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