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Online Class | Writing Suspenseful Journalism and Nonfiction

VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom).

Intermediate | Good nonfiction should grip a reader. Journalists and nonfiction authors must stick to the facts, but by using fiction techniques their work can be as riveting as a bestselling novel. These techniques include plotting, pacing, foreshadowing, dramatic arc, and the element of surprise. We’ll look at examples from the New York Times, Washington Post, the New Yorker, and elsewhere, and take apart excerpts by masters of the form, like Jon Krakauer, Jodi Kantor, and Megan Twohey. Students should be in the process of writing nonfiction, journalism, or a book (or be ready to begin) so they can apply techniques to their work.

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Instructor: Rebecca Morris

Class Type: 4 Sessions


Start Date: 04/27/2020

End Date: 05/18/2020

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Rebecca Morris

Rebecca Morris teaches Researching and Writing True Crime, Narrative Journalism, and other non-fiction courses at Hugo House. She worked as a journalist in New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Ore. She is a two-time New York Times bestselling author. Her newest book is BOY MISSING: The Search for Kyron Horman. She is also the author of If I Can’t Have You – Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children; A Killing in Amish Country – Sex, Betrayal and a Cold Blooded Murder; Ted and Ann – The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy; and other books. She has a BA in Journalism from Seattle University, and an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University. She appears frequently on network and cable television as a crime expert.

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