Writing



Interviewing for Story (Online)
 


Interviews form the basis of most documentary projects, and what creators are able to unearth during interviews often has a profound effect on what they’re able to produce in the end—the more fruitful the dialogue, the richer the finished product. In this course, students will learn interviewing skills, including how to research and prepare, formulate questions, and ask effective follow-ups, as well as how to transcribe and edit, figure out what the story is, and otherwise make use of the content they glean. In addition to analyzing and discussing interviews and pieces that make use of them, students will practice interviewing on their own and explore different ways of bringing the material they gather to life. By the end, students will develop—and receive feedback on—a written profile or an audio, video, or captioned-photo project that incorporates the interviews they’ve conducted. They will walk away with the skills to interview effectively and the confidence and ability to tell deeper, more compelling stories. (12 hours / All levels)


Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

NOTE: There will be NO CLASS on Thursday, October 31.


Christina Cooke is associate editor at the daily food-policy website Civil Eats and a Durham-based freelance journalist who writes about people, place, and culture for venues including the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and the Oxford American. Previously, she worked as a staff writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Cooke finds herself drawn to tell stories at the fringes of society, about people who are offbeat and unconventional, passionate and obsessed. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Portland State University and is a graduate of the nonfiction writing program at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies. christinacooke.com



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Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Cooke 9/26 - 11/7 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View

Documentary and the Three-Act Structure Workshop (Onsite and Online)
 

Documentarians are storytellers. Engaging audiences means developing strong narratives, clear subjects, and taking the viewer on a journey. This requires understanding the desires of a modern documentary audience and the structural tools that can help meet those needs. In this class, learn how three-act, Hollywood-style narrative structure may be applied to documentaries for maximum impact, and dissect film clips for the structure’s elements. Discover its application to your work, uncovering how to produce more resonant, more entertaining, and ultimately more memorable documentaries. Learn how structure helps you deliver more commercially viable documentaries, as well as how it can inform production concerns like budgets, timelines, and physical resources. Added value may be gained in pairing this course with Writing the Documentary Script. (6 hours / All levels)


Josh Dasal is an Emmy-winning film and television director-producer-writer, video marketer, and co-producer of the podcast, ArtCurious. He has created/consulted for outlets like Discovery Channel, PBS, Sony Screen Gems, and director Wes Craven, as well as producing content for businesses like IBM, ADP, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. He began teaching at the Center for Documentary Studies in 2010, and served as an instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Missouri State University. Josh holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-TV in screenwriting, and his work has screened at venues including the Mann Theatres on Hollywood Boulevard and the Director’s Guild. He is the founder of Kaboonki, a video and podcast production firm.



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VI152FA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 201
Dasal 9/7 - 9/7 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $180.00 View

Writing About Trauma, Conflict, and Loss (Online)
 

Flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew, October, 2016. Photo by Sharon Raynor.

Trauma survivors often sense a loss of control over their own lives and circumstances and feel deeply conflicted due to a changed sense of self, a changed way of relating to others, and a changed worldview. This course will deepen and broaden our understanding of how trauma, conflict, and loss are intertwined, and what it means to write about and document these entities in the “post-traumatic age.” Students will discuss strategies for producing writings that recapture the past, face the loss, and reconcile two conflicting realities—the one destroyed by trauma and the one that is different, yet remains. Students will also focus on the evolution of these narratives. (6 hours / All levels)


Dr. Sharon D. Raynor, Dean of Liberal and Fine Arts and a Professor of English at Elizabeth City State University, focuses on documenting stories of war, trauma and silence in African American communities, which is the subject of the short documentary film and enhanced eBook The Silence of War (thesilenceofwar.org) about African American Vietnam Veterans in Eastern North Carolina. She has held fellowships at Duke University, W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, and the United States Air Force Academy. Her current projects include a book manuscript on practicing oral history with war veterans with Routledge Press and a co-edited book volume on teaching race with SUNY Press.



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Raynor 9/14 - 9/15 Sa Su 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM $190.00 View