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All Levels. Interviewing is an essential skill for all writers, whether a memoirist, a novelist, or nonfiction writer. This is a class on how to conduct a great interview: How do you set it up? How do you prepare? Should you use a tape recorder or simply take notes? How do you edit the finished product? The instructor will reveal craft secrets about how to turn mediocre interviews into great ones. In addition to learning interviewing techniques, participants will interview each other.
Nicholas O’Connell, M.F.A, Ph.D., is the author of The Storms of Denali (University of Alaska Press, 2012), On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature (University of Washington Press, 2003), At the Field’s End: Interviews with 22 Pacific Northwest Writers (University of Washington Press Press, 1998), Contemporary Ecofiction (Charles Scribner’s, 1996) and Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers (Mountaineers, 1993). He has contributed to Newsweek, Gourmet, Saveur, Outside, GO, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sierra, The Wine Spectator, Commonweal, Image and many other places. He is the publisher/editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review and the founder of the online and Seattle-based writing program, www.thewritersworkshop.net.