Going Long: How to Make the Journey Worth 5,000+ Words

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern

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A free webinar with Creative Nonfiction’s managing editor, Hattie Fletcher.


Additional Information

Despite our ever-shortening attention spans, longform nonfiction is enjoying a time of popularity. But a successful longform piece is almost always more than just a longer-than-usual essay; it’s an immersive experience that rewards the reader’s investment of time and attention.

Writing longform is a juggling act that almost always requires combining a narrative element with an information component with some kind of bigger question. In this program, we’ll discuss what distinguishes a longform piece from shorter nonfiction; consider the kinds of situations and stories that demand longform treatment; and review techniques for weaving information, reflection, and meaning into a suspenseful and engaging narrative.

In this webinar, you will:

  • LEARN specific techniques longform essayists use to establish authority and create tension to keep readers engaged;
  • CONSIDER how to match a story’s payoff to the time it demands from a reader
  • REVIEW specific passages and transitions from successful stories for inspiration

There will be time for a Q & A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is ideal for any writer submitting a manuscript to True Story magazine (deadline May 15), but also for any writer working in longform for any publication.

All registrants receive a recording.

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It is not uncommon for classes to fill up before the end of early registration, particularly in the last few days before the deadline. If you know for certain that you wish to take a particular class, we recommend registering early. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist for a sold-out class, please email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at [email protected].

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I enjoyed reading other peoples work and getting feedback about my own work– the handouts/video links and class lessons were also very informative and relevantly paced to the give structural guidelines.

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