Writing Narrative Journalism
If you’ve read Truman Capote’s brutal In Cold Blood, Susan Orlean’s slow seduction by the natural world in The Orchid Thief or Chloe Hooper’s tangled navigation through Aboriginal deaths in custody in The Tall Man, you’ll already know real stories are often more compelling when they’re told properly: like actual stories. But narrative journalism doesn’t just stop at books. It is also the writing you’ll find in most magazines, from broadsheet newspaper supplements to travel journals and women’s glossies.
Benjamin Law – who has written for over 50 publications and is the author of several non-fiction books – will lead you through every step of the process from harvesting story ideas and pitching them to editors, right through to the nitty gritty of research, sourcing and conducting interviews, and how to turn raw research material into a riveting story, ready for publication in a magazine or book. This workshop is suitable for fiction and non-fiction writers wanting to apply their writing skills to a new field, for journalists looking for a new way to present a good story or for people wanting to know how to write non-fiction.
Participants will come away from the workshop with a suite of story ideas to work on, with newfound skills to turn those ideas into stories. All participants will also be given some of the best examples of the genre to read at home.
Participants should come into class with five short, succinct ideas of the stories they would like to write, for discussion in class.
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About the tutor
Benjamin Law is a frequent contributor to frankie, the Monthly, Qweekend and Good Weekend. He has written for over 50 Australian and international publications (including the Australian Financial Review, the Big Issue, Smith Journal, Sunday Life and Crikey) and has been anthologised in the Best Australian Essays twice. He is the author of The Family Law and Gaysia.