Humanities as Journalism: How to write for the public
Wednesday 10th February 9.30am-4.30pm,
To stand out in a world of amateur bloggers and alt-facts, modern scholars need the techniques and skills of the professional writer. Reaching a broader audience for their ideas will give them a greater public impact and open up new opportunities for career development. This one-day workshop aims to equip early-career academics with a comprehensive introduction to popular journalism and non-fiction writing.
9:30am – Intro: Popular Writing for the Humanities
The difference between academic and popular writing.
10:20am – 10:30am – Break
10:30am – 11:20: Getting to know your Audience
What your readers want to know, subject choice, avoiding jargon, narrative simplicity.
11:20am – 11:30am – Break
11:30am – 12:20pm: Structuring your story
Outlines, headlines, sentences, paragraphs and chapters – they’re not what you may think.
LUNCH 12:20pm – 1:40pm
1:40pm – 2:30pm: Interviewing and Research
How to arrange for and conduct a face-to-face expert interview, asking the questions the readers want answered.
2:30- 2:40 Break
2:40 – 3:40: Writing the Intro
How to grab your readers’ attention and keep it. The ‘hook’ and the ‘nut’.
3:40pm-4:30pm: Pitching your story and working with an editor
How to sell your story and who to sell it to. The pre- and post-publication process.