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Narrative Nonfiction: A Weekend Workshop with Kim Cross Begins

This two-day workshop covers the fundamentals of reporting and writing long-form nonfiction narratives. From personal essays to reported stories with an arc, this genre combines the techniques of fiction with the reportage and factual rigor of nonfiction. Laced with tension and meaning, the best stories paint pictures and capture universal truths in much the same way a short story or novel can.

On day one we’ll focus on the process of reporting and gathering the elements necessary for compelling scenes and dialogue. Students are encouraged to come with a specific story idea to discuss. On day two we will focus on distilling our reporting into a story with an arc. We’ll dissect a model text, examine its structure, and talk about the outlining process. The workshop should help students develop a reporting plan and tentative structure for the story they wish to tell.