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The First Rough Draft of History

Introductory / Intermediate | Ben Bradlee defined journalism as “the first rough draft of history.” There has never been a more important time for good writing, in print, broadcast, and books, as well as essays, blogs, and podcasts. Topics include narrowing a topic; surveying the market; conducting research; interview skills; story-telling techniques; and the importance of facts, details and deadlines. Students are encouraged to begin the course with an idea for a newspaper or magazine article, a book, or topic for a blog or podcast.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Rebecca Morris

Class Type: 4 Sessions

Start Date: 01/24/2019

End Date: 02/14/2019

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

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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