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Seattle has never been more full of stories. But how do you find them? And once you do, how do you turn them into compelling, in-depth narratives that interweave characters with analysis and context? In this class, we’ll brainstorm story ideas and learn the fundamentals of how to flesh them out. We’ll discuss the all-important element of structure and key techniques like effective interviewing, creating scenes, and building tension. If you’ve got ideas or stories you’re already working on, bring them in!
Nina Shapiro has written in-depth, narrative pieces for two decades as a senior editor for Seattle Weekly and, currently, a reporter for The Seattle Times. Her work has also appeared in Salon, The Chicago Tribune and The Star of Johannesburg.