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Creative writing for journalists, August 2014


Thursday 28 August 2014

Day one 9.00 registration, 9.30-17.00
Day two 9.30-17.00

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Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8DP


Creative Writing for Journalists is suitable for journalists and writers wishing to enhance their skill and understanding of combining creative and journalistic skills for literary and narrative journalism, creative non-fiction and feature writing.

Practitioner-led workshops will introduce you to the connections between journalism and creative writing. Students will consider aspects of journalistic creative writing, such as narrative structure, descriptive techniques and using dialogue. They will be introduced to core concepts in journalism, such as news angles, truth, research and privacy while exploring the practical skills needed and the impact research has on writing. Participants will also learn about and historical links between journalism and creative writing.

Course content includes: considering such examples as biographical, travel and war reporting; research skills; presentation skills; how to research and write narrative journalism; interview skills. Participants will collect a portfolio of ideas and materials relevant to their work and writing ambitions.


  • Introduction, welcome and registration.
  • Introduction to narrative journalism: its history, genres and styles..   
  • How research can shape your story.
  • Using journalistic skills to get to a narrative: structure; description and dialogue. 
  • Narrative journalism the positives and pitfalls: incorporating facts into creative writing.

Themes for discussion:

  • Examples of notable narrative journalism
  • Genres of narrative journalism
  •  Interview and listening skills and how differ with narrative journalism
  • Research skills and an introduction to archives
  • Incorporating facts into narrative: how to embed archive findings: dialogue; structure; description

DAY TWO       

  • Keeping a distance: the personal in narrative journalism    
  • Ethics: accuracy; libel; fact-checking; truth  
  • Q&A: revisiting journalistic skills and how they influence creative writing

Themes for discussion:

  • Effective uses of journalistic research for narrative journalism
  • The writer’s personal influence on the narrative journalism
  • What is truth?
  • The ethics of narrative journalism: accuracy; libel; privacy; fact-checking

Suggested reading (not compulsory):
Chris Anderson, Literary Nonfiction: theory, criticism and pedagogy.
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood.
Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital.
Philip Gerard, Writing Creative Nonfiction.
Natalia Ginzburg, The Things We Used To Say.
Lee Gutkind, In Fact, the best of creative nonfiction.
Lee Gutkind, Keep It Real.
George Orwell Road to Wigan Pier.
John Pilger, Tell Me No Lies.
Alice Sebold, Lucky.
Asne Seierstad, The Angel of Grozny.
John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley.

Rachel Broady is a former print journalist with extensive experience in local, national and multimedia journalism, also an experienced lecturer in a range of higher education courses, at Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University.



NUJ member £300, unemployed NUJ member or student, £150, GFTU affiliate £350, non-member £400

Further details and contact information

NUJ Training
Telephone: 442075208340

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