With: Debra Hughes
When: May 21, 2017
Category: Writers Lab, Seminars
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This program is open to amateur writers.
MEALS: Tuition includes one lunch.
Terry Gross, radio host of “Fresh Air,” describes what people tell her in an interview as “a combination of fact and truth and self-mythology and self-delusion and selective memory and faulty memory.”
Join author and accomplished interviewer Debra Hughes for a one-day seminar to explore ways to get a gem of a story from the people you interview, faulty memory and myth-making included!
Debra discusses how to establish the trust needed to get the story and when to ask the hard questions. She reviews interviewing methods and how to set goals within the interview so as not to wander, while remaining open to the least expected.
Debra leads exercises on sharpening your ability to listen and, through student participation and play-acting, you practice interviewing skills, including when to let silence speak, when to ask for clarification, and how to spark memory in order to get a sincere and in-depth spin on life.
Our work is to learn how to absorb what people are telling us, so we may knit it into what we are writing, be it memoir, family history, or fiction. Join Debra to discover how to hone your listening skills in order to enhance your writing.
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