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This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.
Introductory/Intermediate | Great long-form journalism is critical to our understanding of the world. But how do we make important tales riveting? How do we transform the facts into stories with staying power? In this class, we’ll dissect masterful pieces by the likes of Joan Didion and David Grann, and the six steps to writing a great true story. Students will come away with a roadmap to making their idea a reality, from choosing the right angle to coming up with a reporting plan and putting it into action. Students should have some background in journalism or nonfiction writing, and one or more story ideas they want to pitch and discuss.
Elisabeth Eaves is the author of Wanderlust: A love affair with five continents and Bare: the naked truth about stripping. Her work has been anthologized in This is the Place (2017), The Best Women’s Travel Writing (2010), Lonely Planet’s A Moveable Feast (2010), and The Best American Travel Writing (2009). She has won three Lowell Thomas awards from the Society of American Travel Writers. A contributing editor at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, her feature writing has appeared in The New Yorker online, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Forbes, Marie Claire, Slate, and many other publications.