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“Putting the Pieces Together: Information Gathering and Structure in Narrative Nonfiction” with Michael Hall

May 1 2024 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

$59.00 – $119.00

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$59 for Members
$119 for Non-Members

Can’t make it to the live class? No problem! All classes are recorded and made available to class registrants for one month.

Want to learn about information gathering and long-form nonfiction structure from one of the best magazine writers in Texas?

Anyone can put words and ideas on paper or on the computer. Gathering relevant information and creating structure, on the other hand, is hard. Deciding how to put together your thoughts, anecdotes, scenes, sentences, and paragraphs can send the smartest writer into fits.

In this class, award-winning Texas Monthly journalist Michael Hall will talk about information gathering strategies used to develop full and rich stories, including how to conduct interviews, how to get people to open up and tell their stories, and how to develop sources. Students will then learn to break down words and ideas and put them together into a structure that makes sense and a finished piece that flows smoothly. Students will study several pieces of narrative nonfiction to see how various writers (including Hall) have dealt with this sometimes terrifying issue of structure. Students will come away with practical ideas for putting together a story and seeing the forest as well as the trees.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF: 

  • You want to learn about information-gathering tools used to develop full and rich stories.
  • You want to learn common approaches to structure in nonfiction.
  • You tend to get lost in a piece of writing and struggle to end it.

The deadline to register for this class is Wednesday, May 1 at 5:00 PM CDT.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The WLT is committed to making our online classes accessible to all writers including writers who do not have the financial means to pay for programming. Five (5) seats in this class have been set aside for scholarship recipients to attend free of charge. Please fill out this application no later than 2 days prior to the class to be considered for one of the scholarship seats. We do not ask for any corroborating documents; we only ask that you help us understand your situation. If you are selected for one of the available seats you will be notified via email (from ) no later than 24 hours before the start of the class. Please note, each writer is limited to no more than four (4) total scholarship seats per catalog season.

Instructor

Michael Hall writes about criminals, musicians, the law, and barbecue. Mike graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979 with a degree in government. He wrote for various publications, including Trouser Press, Third Coast Magazine, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Austin Chronicle. In 1997, he joined Texas Monthly, where he has won two Texas Gavel Awards from the State Bar of Texas and four Stephen Philbin Awards from the Dallas Bar Association. He was named Writer of the Year at the City and Regional Magazine Awards in 2015. His stories have appeared in The Best American Magazine Writing, The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Da Capo’s Best Music Writing, the New York Times, and Men’s Journal. Mike is also a musician and has played in Austin bands the Wild Seeds, the Setters, the Lollygaggers, and the Savage Trip. He pitches for the Burkas, the Texas Monthly softball team.

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HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email the WLT staff at wlt@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform an hour before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.

Details

Date:
May 1 2024
Time:
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
Cost:
$59.00 – $119.00
Event Categories:
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Venue

Online via Zoom