National Press Club

Learn how to write true stories Sept 29 at the National Journalism Institute

August 21, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Author Lee Gutkind.

Author Lee Gutkind.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute is planning a workshop on writing creative nonfiction on Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. in the NPC's Bloomberg Room.

The fee ​is $5 Press Club members; $10 public. Register here. Club members should login for the discount code.​

Reporting and writing true stories that inform, compel and inspire is the mission of the two-hour workshop led by a pioneer and leading figure in the field, Lee Gutkind, the “Godfather” behind the creative nonfiction/true story genre, according to Vanity Fair magazine.

In this workshop, Gutkind plans to proceed, step by step, through the writing true stories process, from finding the story, to recreating scenes, and building a scene-by-scene structure that is informative and compelling to read.

Participants will learn how to read with a writer’s eye and recognize structural patterns through Gutkind’s “yellow test” formula.

Writing techniques like dialogue, flash descriptions, inner point of view and the art and challenge of embedding information in story will be explained and illustrated.

Gutkind is distinguished writer-in-residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. He has written for the New York Times “Opinionator Draft” series, and discussed his ideas on NPR, where he served as a story consultant. He has appeared on the "Daily Show with Jon Stewart," and is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, the first literary magazine to exclusively publish narrative nonfiction.