A Nonfiction Workshop
Instructor: Pope Brock
Maximum Attendees: 15
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In this age of paintball journalism the best way you can set yourself apart is by producing vivid, entertaining articles that the reader can trust. To that end, we’ll cover the essentials of good reporting and research. We’ll analyze how to craft and conduct and interview – not just to get information, important as that is, but to reveal and evoke personality as well. We’ll move then to turning your raw material into a well-built article. With inspirational examples from several nonfiction masters we’ll cover structure, story-telling, how to weave facts and images together in ways that pull the reader smartly along. Last but not least, we’ll discuss journalistic ethics (they do still exist for the lonely few) and nail down terms of art like on background and not for attribution. In short, this workshop will offer a complete primer to a profession that needs all the good people it can get.
Pope Brock is the author of two books: Indiana Gothic (Doubleday/Nan A. Talese), the story of the murder of his great-grandfather, and Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him and the Age of Flim Flam (Crown), named by New York Times critic Janet Maslin as one of the ten best books of 2008. He has written for many publications including Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone and People and has been a longtime contributor to the London Sunday Times Magazine. He teaches fiction and nonfiction at the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA program.