Tuesday, October 19th & 26th, 2021
Live 2-Day Workshop Will Meet via Zoom from 11AM – 1PM EST October 19th & 26th
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Enrollment is capped at 15 students.
Led by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, whose narrative nonfiction works include Seinfeldia, When Women Invented Television, Sex and the City and Us, and Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted.
In this two-day workshop, we will learn, step-by-step, how to conduct research to craft rich, novelistic narrative nonfiction that readers can't put down—and how to turn those raw facts into riveting scenes, whether you're working on a journalistic piece or a book.
We'll discuss interview techniques for getting those telling details that will make your scenes jump off the page, and we'll go over the many other treasure troves available to you, from archival research to weather records and photographs.
We'll also discuss how to fill in the inevitable gaps in your research without fudging the facts.
Between week one and two, you'll get a chance to write your own totally true scene—and get feedback on it. At the end of this seminar, you'll be able to research like a pro and come back home with the raw materials of a narrative that jumps off the page while staying true to the facts.
- How to conduct research specifically to re-create novelistic nonfiction scenes
- How to craft gripping scenes from start to finish
- How to use facts to create scenes
- How to fill gaps in available research while still remaining true to life with supplemental facts and conjecture
“I can’t say enough about Jennifer. Her experience speaks for itself, but her generosity of spirit sets her apart. She is genuinely interested in other writers’ stories and ideas and invested in their success. She’s not just an acclaimed author and magazine writer. She’s a teacher. She offered constructive criticism and a compassionate ear.” -Erin Carlson, I’ll Have What She’s Having & Queen Meryl
“Jennifer is the perfect companion to have on what can be a very daunting and lonely journey. She knows how to write a book, especially one that sells.” -Natasha Scripture, Man Fast: A Memoir
“I had a truly positive and impactful experience working with Jennifer on my book proposal. She took the time to deeply understand what I was trying to accomplish, and subsequently coached me through editing and refinement following a process that ensured we would stay true to that initial vision. I gained new skills, a greater sense of confidence, and even more enthusiasm for my project through working with Jennifer.” -Rehan Choudhry
“Jennifer is a thoughtful editor, wonderful brainstorm partner and a real pleasure to work with. She helped me get through a number of writing roadblocks and offered so many helpful suggestions along the way. She is not only a talented writer but an excellent teacher, who is generous with her insight and will challenge you to dig deeper. I can’t recommend her enough!” -Thea Glassman
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong | Live via Zoom
Tuesday, October 19th & 26th, 2021 from 11AM - 1PM EST
Workshop is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom
A New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong has written seven pop culture history books, including Seinfeldia; When Women Invented Television; Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted; and Sex and the City and Us. Her work appears in many publications, including BBC Culture, The New York Times Book Review, Vice, New York magazine, and Billboard.