04/01 Narrative Non-Fiction with Caitlin Rother
Do you have a true story to tell but don’t know where to start? New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother will break down the craft of telling true stories using fiction techniques into its basic building elements: characters, point of view, voice, setting, description, dialogue and plot.
By showing rather than telling a story, your scenes will come alive with action and emotion, but good research is also needed to add the factual details and verisimilitude that make the most compelling tales.
Participants in this six-session workshop course will learn how to build scenes containing vivid imagery, poignant prose, and snappy dialogue, then practice the craft with trigger exercises designed to break down barriers that can block creativity.
Rother, a Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist, will also discuss research and interviewing techniques as well as the narrative structure and organization of a short or book-length work. Students are encouraged to work on new scenes in class, but may also bring in work in progress to be workshopped.
New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored nine books, ranging from true crime to memoir and crime fiction. The Los Angeles Times described her controversial Lost Girls, as “a deeply reported, dispassionately written attempt to determine what created that monster and predator [John Gardner]. It is a cautionary tale and a horror story, done superbly by a writer who knows how to burrow into a complex case without becoming captive to her sources.” Lost Girls was voted #4 in the top 10 true crime books for 2012, and two of her other books were selected in the top 10 for 2011. Her ninth book, I’ll Take Care of You, will be released by Kensington/Pinnacle in January 2014. Rother, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, worked as an investigative reporter at daily newspapers for nineteen years before deciding to write books full-time. Her work has also been published in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. Rother has appeared as a crime expert on Nancy Grace, the Jay Thomas Show, Investigation Discovery, E!, the Oxygen Network, Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record, XM Radio, America at Night and various PBS radio and TV affiliates. For more information, please visit her website, http://caitlinrother.com.
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