National Press Club

Lee Gutkind to lead Journalism Institute seminar on nonfiction writing, 9 am Sept. 29

September 26, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute is holding a workshop on writing creative nonfiction from 9-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the Ballroom.

The fee ​is $5 for Club members and $10 for non-members. Register here. Club members should login for the discount code.

Reporting and writing 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, who Vanity Fair has called the "godfather" behind the creative nonfiction/true story genre.

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 the distinguished writer-in-residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes and a 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.