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Researching and Writing True Crime

All Levels | Whether a fifty-year-old case, or a present-day one, writing about crime is different than any other genre. We’re fascinated with crime (there are hundreds of network and cable TV programs about crime) but the truth is it is ugly and complicated. As Agatha Christie said, the crime itself is the end of the story—an author must learn why it happened, how it affected the community, and the context in which it happened. This class will also address how to obtain documents, research cold cases, find sources, conduct interviews, and how true crime writing uses storytelling techniques.

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Instructor: Rebecca Morris

Class Type: 4 Sessions

Start Date: 11/28/2018

End Date: 12/19/2018

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Rebecca Morris

Rebecca Morris teaches Researching and Writing True Crime, Narrative Journalism, and other non-fiction courses at Hugo House. She worked as a journalist in New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Ore. She is a two-time New York Times bestselling author. Her newest book is BOY MISSING: The Search for Kyron Horman. She is also the author of If I Can’t Have You – Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children; A Killing in Amish Country – Sex, Betrayal and a Cold Blooded Murder; Ted and Ann – The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy; and other books. She has a BA in Journalism from Seattle University, and an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University. She appears frequently on network and cable television as a crime expert.

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