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Podcast Literary Conversation & Workshop: Longform Interviews

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Do you enjoy listening to and participating in literary conversations? If so, please join us for a Saturday morning conversation sparked by an attentive listening to a podcast interview with an author. Prior to the workshop, we’ll post a link below to a podcast to listen to ahead of time. We’ll continue that conversation to start the workshop and allow time for writing based on questions or prompts that arise from the podcast conversation.

• This month's topic: Longform interviews

What creative nonfiction writing techniques make a news story so compelling you can’t forget it? How do good writers use these techniques? How is this relevant to how you read and learn about the world? How is this relevant to your own writing practice? We’ll explore these questions and more by listening to at least one of the following podcasts, reading the longform journalism discussed in the podcast interview, and critically analyzing the writing on our own, then come together for discussion. Please prioritize Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, but if you have time, listen to and read Azmat Khan as well, for comparison.

https://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-260-rachel-kaadzi-ghansah

https://www.gq.com/story/dylann-roof-making-of-an-american-terrorist

https://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-276-azmat-khan

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/16/magazine/uncounted-civilian-casualties-iraq-airstrikes.html • Leader: Karin Ames