Date Track Session/Presenter/Description Location Time

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Writing for Broadcast

David Bianculli began writing for broadcast – specifically, for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross – more than 30 years ago. But before and concurrent to that, he also wrote for “print,” from newspapers and magazines to books and blogs. In this symposium, he’ll reveal what he learned about the differences between writing for different media… and will conduct an instant workshop where students can put those theories into practice, regarding both writing and (a key but often overlooked skill) reading.

TBD 10:10am to 11:10am

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Getting a Great Interview

Mark Twain grew to dread being interviewed so much, he wrote a wild comic sketch about the process, which he described as torture. More than anything else, Twain detested the monotony of answering the same stock questions posed by ill-prepared, ill-informed interviewers. How to avoid being the kind of interviewer who inspired Mr. Twain’s ire? Well, there is no one fool-proof method to guarantee a great interview – no one-size-fits-all approach. That’s because every interviewee poses a different challenge, and every interviewer approaches that challenge with a different set of skills. The variables are endless. Still, there are many sound ways to increase the odds of having a great interview. Mark Dawidziak will discuss some of these guidelines, drawn from the hundreds of interviews he has conducted for his many books and during a 40-year journalism career.

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Researching Tools, Tricks, and Treks

There are two types of research: the nuts and bolts type that enriches your storytelling with detail and authenticity, and the exploratory type that helps you find your story in the first place. This workshop examines both kinds of research while explaining where to begin, who to interview, how to interview, how much to use, and the big question… when to stop. 

TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Editing, Revising, and Polishing Your Work (Advanced)

“Writing,” as the saying goes, “is revision.” This workshop will discuss many approaches to editing and revision, and how to engage with the revision process in a way that is as inspired as the initial, generative stages of your writing. We’ll look at before-and-after examples of radically revised published works. In-class exercises will be geared towards employing new editorial and revisionary devices for both micro and macro aspects of a work-in-progress. We will also discuss the process of working with editors at literary magazines and publishing houses.  

TBD 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Writing Commentary, Critiques & Blogs

How do you write opinion pieces effectively, whether for print, broadcast, or the web? Veteran TV critic David Bianculli has some opinions on the subject – and will share them, while also having attendees write instant short mini-reactions of their own to material shown in the seminar. Then those reviews will be reviewed, and so it goes…

TBD 10:10am to 11:40am

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Getting Personal: Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges of the Personal Essay

In this workshop, we'll delve into the personal essay form, examining what makes a strong and marketable piece. Drawing on one's own personal experience for writing material offers up unique opportunities as well as a number of pitfalls. Here, we'll look at writers who have used the "I" in a variety of ways to deepen their work and connect with readers. We'll also uncover some of the common pitfalls of the genre, and touch on the basics of the personal essay market as well as what to know before you publish.

Attendees will be expected to read two essays (to be emailed beforehand) in preparation for the class. Attendees should also come prepared with a short (2-3 pages) personal essay (or start to an essay) that we will discuss during the session.

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Writing Memoir

In this workshop we’ll look at some exemplary scenes from celebrated memoirs with an aim to learn more about how writers process memory through narrative. Recalling an event or memory is one thing, yet to transform it into active scene and to do so with style and measured self-awareness is the task of the memoirist. We’ll analyze the distance between the memoirist’s narrative perspective and the events they depict, and assess the advantages and disadvantages of writing our stories from a first person, nonfiction perspective. The workshop will engage participants in several exercises based on the texts we discuss.

TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm