The Art of Interview: Asking the “Write” Questions in Writing Nonfiction
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
We talk to other people about their lives for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes we simply want to find out more about them, to find out what we have in common. Other times we are interested in their experience and use this information to understand what’s important to them, who they are and why they do what they do. We may go further and want to explore how they see their role in the world, what they are trying to accomplish. People are interesting and we find out just how interesting they are through their stories. But where do we start? It starts with having a constructed conversation. This workshop focuses on creating the questions that help us discover answers. We will do a lot of writing and interviewing in this class, so come ready to talk, learn things about someone you don’t know, and construct an article that is meaningful and interesting.
In this exploratory workshop, participants will learn how to think about all the ways someone’s story is interesting, how to collect information about that person and their story, and how to determine the point, or points, that will make their story important to tell to others. We will work to produce an end product that will document someone’s life experience and what that experience has meant to them, and to convey it to a larger audience.
After this workshop participants will be able to begin to feel comfortable talking with someone they don’t know, think about things that interest them about that person, and construct a list of questions that helps them dive deeper. We will then take that information and weave a narrative that could be used as a basis of a general interest article. Therefore, prior to the workshop class participants are asked to reflect on their lives and think about all the experiences they’ve had, their interests, their jobs, their passions, or defining events in their life.