Storyology 2015 has ended
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Program updates for Friday: 
- Sydney Morning Herald’s innovation editor, Stephen Hutcheon, is replacing Conal Hanna on the Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies, and Amy O’Leary will not be appearing.
Wednesday, November 18 • 10:00 - 17:00
From notebook to manuscript: Effective narrative non-fiction (Melbourne)

This event is also being held in Brisbane.

So you have a story you know deserves a deep, long-form treatment. What do you have to do transform that idea into a publishable manuscript? How do you make it better – and get it published? 

This full day workshop will be divided into two parts:

  1. Reporting differently for storytelling: How to come back from the field with a notebook full of great quotes and incisive observations that will allow you to construct a narrative.
  2. Writing: Organising and synthesising your notes. Finding your voice, structure, sense of place, pace, description, sentence crafting. Editing and polishing.

In this age of writing on screen, Mark says that revision begins when you are only a paragraph into your text.  How does the alchemy of composition work? You can’t make it easy, but you can learn to break down the process into doable stages, just like all good writers. Under consideration will be:

  • Choosing topics
  • Reporting strategies – how long form differs from other genres in the field
  • Note coding and processing
  • Drafting – the process begins
  • Concepts of revision
  • The power of informality
  • Tips for collaborating with editors
  • Adapting your writing for digital and multimedia pieces
  • Pitching your story to editors

To prepare for the deep dive into the narrative process, Mark will share some pieces of narrative non-fiction for participants to read in advance. There will also be an opportunity for participants to present their own writing for critical analysis. Writers who want feedback should send their pitch, book proposal or sample text (not more than 1,000 words) no later than November 2.

Who should attend: Writers and journalists ready to explore long form narrative non-fiction, looking for an intensive workshop with a master of the craft.

What you’ll take away: Tips on reporting so you return from the field with a notebook full of narrative – and what to do next (reporting, synthesis, writing and collaborating). A plan for how to work toward getting long form narrative proposals and manuscripts into shape.

BYO writing materials (laptop, tablet or good old notebook and pen as per your preference)

Register on Eventbrite: $195 for MEAA members, $245 for non-members.

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Mark Kramer

Writer & professor, Boston University
Mark Kramer is Clinical Professor of Practice in Narrative Journalism and writer-in-residence in Boston University’s journalism department. He is also founder and director of the Power of Narrative Conference​, which will convene April 1, 2016​ for its 18th session. He is the... Read More →

Wednesday November 18, 2015 10:00 - 17:00
Queens Collective 20 Queen Street, Melbourne