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8-Week Online Incorporating Research into Narrative, starts October 26, 2020
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8-Week Online Incorporating Research into Narrative, starts October 26, 2020

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Begins Monday, October 26, 2020


**This Class is Open to Fiction & Nonfiction Writers**

Taught by Adin Dobkin, who has written and researched articles published by New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and many others.

Most every writer, no matter what their work-in-progress looks like, spends time thinking about the objects, people, books, and stories that existed before them. Worlds and characters far distant from our own can become grounded through research just as those stories hoping to recreate a particular moment from the past can benefit from regional histories. Take N.K. Jemisin, who joined seismologist forums and went on research trips to volcanoes while developing her acclaimed Broken Earth Trilogy, a series taking place on an unrecognizable earth, where incredibly powerful forms of magic exist, or Hilary Mantel, who spent hours reading the accounts of an imperial ambassador in an effort to accurately describe Henry VIII’s court for Wolf Hall.

Writers watch old newsreels to examine conversational tics, they plot routes on Google Maps to determine how a character might drive along the length of a city, they look at photos of locations they can’t visit themselves to know which features someone might notice. These are only some of the most apparent forms of research that can be used to flesh out a world, but there exist countless other less accessible ones capable of painting a more complete picture of a time, setting, or individual.

In this class, we’ll consider the forms of information and research a fiction or nonfiction writer can carry out, how writers can best sort through sources to determine the material most useful to them, and how they can integrate that material into their narratives. In the final week, students will work to develop a research plan and discuss research methods for a work-in-progress. NOTE: The instructor will provide links to assigned reading material. Readings will include pieces from Annie Proulx, Leslie Jamison, Edgar Allan Poe, Truman Capote, Janet Malcolm, Laura Hillenbrand, and more.


This class is entirely asynchronous with weekly deadlines and there is plenty of interaction with Adin and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures (text & video), and reading assignments are all available through the online classroom. You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Adin engages with these discussions throughout the week.

  • Instructor: Adin Dobkin

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • October 26th, 2020 to December 14th, 2020

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

Instructor Adin Dobkin is a writer and journalist in New York. His essays and reporting have been featured in publications like New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and others. He has taught at Columbia University and in Manhattan community outreach programs. Sprinting Through No Man’s Land, his book about the 1919 Tour de France, will be published in 2021 by Little A.

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