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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.

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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 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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