Learning by Listening: Research Techniques for Creative Writers

Regular $52.50
Member $47.25
5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
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Writing is about connection; to forge links with the world around us, we listen to other voices. Research is about learning from other people and the records they leave behind. In this class, we’ll go over basic principles of conducting research for creative writers, role-play interviewing and discuss how to formulate the right questions, as well as cover archival study and data organization. We’ll also cover how to mine details for setting, character, and context. Whether you’re writing historical fiction or contemporary nonfiction driven by current events or family narratives, don’t be afraid to tune your ear to other voices. We’ll also look at how other writers—including Zora Neale Hurston, Edward P. Jones, and Monique Truong—have approached research for their creative projects.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

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