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VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom).
Intermediate | Good nonfiction should grip a reader. Journalists and nonfiction authors must stick to the facts, but by using fiction techniques their work can be as riveting as a bestselling novel. These techniques include plotting, pacing, foreshadowing, dramatic arc, and the element of surprise. We’ll look at examples from the New York Times, Washington Post, the New Yorker, and elsewhere, and take apart excerpts by masters of the form, like Jon Krakauer, Jodi Kantor, and Megan Twohey. Students should be in the process of writing nonfiction, journalism, or a book (or be ready to begin) so they can apply techniques to their work.
New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Morris is also a veteran journalist who worked in radio and television news in New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington and was a free-lance writer for The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, People, Entertainment Weekly, and many other publications before she began writing true crime books.
Her first book, Ted and Ann, continues to be an e-book bestseller on Amazon (and is also available in paperback), and her e-book, Bad Apples – Inside the Teacher/Student Sex Scandal Epidemic, is the only book to look at the trend of female teachers having sex with underage students.
She is the author of A Murder in My Hometown (2018), A Killing in Amish Country - Sex Betrayal and a Cold-Blooded Murder (St. Martin's, 2016) and If I Can't Have You - Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance and the Murder of Her Children (St. Martin's 2014) with bestselling author Gregg Olsen. They are also the authors of the Notorious USA series, including The Boy Who Fired the First Shot, The Girl and the Horrors of Howard Ave., and The Stranger and the World’s Bravest Little Girl.
Rebecca attended Oregon State University, received a B.A. in Journalism from Seattle University, and has an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University. She speaks about her work at libraries, schools, and writers’ conferences. She has taught writing, journalism, and playwriting at colleges and universities across the country. She lives in Seattle.
She appears frequently on television as a crime expert.