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Sunday, March 22 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Helping Writers Learn Narrative Journalism: A Session for Teachers, Coaches and Editors

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Mark Kramer has taught narrative journalism as writer-in-residence at Smith, BU, and at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, where he also was founding director of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism. In this session, he’ll discuss the approach he worked out through those four decades of teaching top students and professionals. Topics include: how to get a running start on the semester, how to encourage intensive reading of the greats, and the usefulness of modeling in class close readings of exemplary texts, how to help students select topics for assigned reporting and writing, why a student should never write about their cousin the surgeon, what sorts of and how much editing help leads students to self-edit effectively, what editing precepts help writers, words and usages that writers should almost always omit, how to handle varied skill-levels and non-native speakers in the same seminar, suggestions for a final exam. Discussion shares best practices and among participants.

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Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer is the founding director of the Power of Narrative Conference. He has co-edited two leading texbook/readers on narrative nonfiction: Telling True Stories and Literary Journalism. He's finishing up a handbook about revision for storytelling journalists. He's written four... Read More →

Sunday March 22, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am PDT

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