Whether you are working on a memoir, essay collection, novels, short stories or a hybrid format of your own making, there will usually come a time when you need to track down facts and information to make your work come alive. Does that pivotal scene in your short story about Occupy Wall Street ring? What is it like to travel in the kind of luxury cruise liner where your romance novel is set? What were the demographics of the childhood neighborhood you describe in your memoir?
This is where basic research and reporting tools can help propel your piece forward. This single-session course will cover:
- Finding and working with primary sources
- Finding and working with secondary sources
- Interview tips and tools
- Experiential forms of research like visiting locations, learning by doing, etc.
- Using social media for research
Through in-class exercises and discussions, students will leave with a plan to begin tackling research and reporting for their own projects.