The Art (and Science) of the Interview with Curtis Gillespie
Whether you are writing a short newspaper article, a lifestyle article, a travel piece or a major long-form narrative, talking to the right people and getting what you need from those conversations will often dictate the success or failure of your story.
We spend a considerable amount of time learning how to write and how to edit (or be edited), but we rarely spend an equivalent amount of time learning the art and science of the interview–how to choose the right people, how to prepare, what questions to ask, what order to ask them in, what tone to take, how to read your subject, how to adjust mid-interview, how to save a failing interview, how to do follow-up, how to handle anonymous and off-the-record material, and how to use your peripheral senses.
Successful magazine writers know that conducting great interviews allows the writing of a story to flow. Award-winning writer and editor, and founder of (the also award-winning) Eighteen Bridges magazine, Curtis Gillespie will help you create the conditions for those conversations to work on a consistent basis.