National Press Club

Writing True Stories That Make a Difference

Writing True Stories That Make a Difference

September 29, 2014 9:00 AM

Location: Ballroom

Writing True Stories That Make a Difference - Sept. 29, 9 – 11 a.m. in the Ballroom

Reporting and writing true stories that inform, compel and inspire: That’s the mission of this 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 will 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 imbedding information in story--will be explained and illustrated.

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

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Nicole Hoffman

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