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CW 07 — The Art of the Interview: Techniques to Cultivate Great Material

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jan 29—Feb 5
Time: 9:00 am—12:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 22
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $260
Instructor(s): Karen Coates
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
9:00 am—12:00 pm (PT)
Jan 29—Feb 5
2 days
Refund Date
Jan 22
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Karen Coates
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Whether you’re writing an article, a nonfiction book, a screenplay, or even a novel, interviewing will likely play a pivotal role in your research. Interviewing is not an innate ability. It’s a skill that can be learned and which requires practice to perfect. In this two-day course, we will dissect the interview process from start to finish, from finding the right sources to establishing best practices for setting up meetings. You will learn how to craft provocative questions, along with methods for putting subjects at ease so they open up; how to target your approach based on the age, background, and experiences of the interviewee; how to translate complex ideas and scientific information into everyday terms; and methods for handling sensitive and traumatic topics. We will go over note-taking, recording, and transcribing technologies, and we will create a post-interview plan for scouring notes to extract the gems. The course will include role-playing and teamwork, plus real-life interview assignments for students to conduct between sessions. By the end of the course, students will have a clear roadmap for how to conduct interviews that generate the material they need for their work.

Author; Journalist; Editor

Karen Coates has more than twenty-five years of professional interviewing experience. She is the author or co-author of four books, and her reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Pacific Standard, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. She is a James Beard Award nominee, contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, and co-producer of the documentary film Eternal Harvest. Coates received an MS from the University of Oregon.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Dean Nelson, Talk to Me: How to Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, and Interview Anyone Like a Pro (ISBN 978-0062825209)