Scribes Youth Writing Workshop: The Art of the Interview

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Scribes Youth Writing Workshop: The Art of the Interview

In this workshop for middle-grade students, explore the art and craft of conducting interviews, a key component of journalism.

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The Wren's Nest 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard Southwest Atlanta, GA 30310

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About this event

Calling all budding journalists! One of the first steps in bringing a story to life is executing a compelling interview. This interactive workshop will explore the art and craft of conducting interviews that will provide the foundation for an engaging article, blog post, podcast or social content. Methods and techniques covered will include crafting interview questions that yield colorful stories and detail, conversational tactics, note-taking, and record-keeping and we’ll learn what to do when time is short. We’ll also talk about ethical conundrums that can arise.

About the Instructor

Kamille D. Whittaker is managing editor of Atlanta magazine and co-founder of Canopy Atlanta, where she directs the Fellowship program. Previously, she served as staff writer and associate editor for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine and Atlanta Daily World. In addition to her journalistic work, Whittaker instructs students in Mercer University’s Academic Resource Center and Online Writing Lab. She is an ’05 graduate of Howard University and a ‘21 graduate of UGA’s MFA program in Narrative Nonfiction.

About the Workshop Series

At the Wren’s Nest, our mission is to cultivate the next generation of writers and readers by championing the power of using your voice to tell your story. This fall, we’re hosting five writing workshops for middle-grade writers (grades 6-8), each led by a professional local writer and focused on a unique topic, from writing basics to journalism to comics.

These in-person workshops are open to middle-grade students in Georgia. Spaces are limited, and admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. For each workshop, a $10 registration fee includes workshop attendance, museum admission, a notebook and writing utensil, and light refreshments.

This Scribes Youth Writing Workshop series is sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities and made possible with support from the Homestead Foundation.

Key Questions and Answers:

Are students required to sign up for all five workshops? Is this a sequential workshop series?

No. These workshops are offered “a la carte.” Sign up for one to two that interest you, or all five–you get to choose your own adventure!

How will drop-off and pick-up work?

Drop-off and pick-up will be on the Wren’s Nest front porch. Parents/guardians must sign their students in and out before and after the workshop. If someone other than a student’s parent or legal guardian picks them up, we require prior written notice.

What do students need to bring?

We will provide notebooks and writing utensils for students. No devices are necessary!

What can students expect to leave the workshop with?

Each workshop agenda contains generative writing exercises and prompts, as well as time for breakout discussions and activities. While you may not leave with a fully-written new story, you’ll go home with plenty of ideas to keep the writing going after class!

Are there financial aid opportunities?

If the workshop registration fee is prohibitive, please contact us at chair@wrensnest.org. We would be happy to explore options with you.

What is your refund policy?

In the event that your student cannot attend a workshop, the registration fee may be refunded if your student’s place can be filled. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations submitted during the 48 hours leading up to a workshop occurrence.

How long is the museum open? Can my student take a tour after the workshop?

The Wren’s Nest is open for historic house tours on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, with a performance by a professional storyteller at 1:00 p.m. Admission for students is included with workshop registration. For parents, guardians, and other guests, museum admission can be purchased here. Admission fees directly support our operations as a nonprofit organization–thank you for your support!