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History is riding a wave of high interest, with many publications seeking factual historical stories and Oscar-winning movies focusing on tales of the past. With long experience as an author of articles, essays, books, and podcasts on history-related topics, author Jack El-Hai will lead this fast-paced journey into the process of writing about history for general audiences.
The course will cover how to identify historical nonfiction stories that resonate today, as well as how to research topics, interview sources, organize your findings, structure stories, blend in personal experience, find markets, and bring your work to the attention of readers.
There will also be an opportunity to discuss your ideas and ask questions.
Jack El-Hai, MFA, Bennington College, is the author of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist (PublicAffairs Books, 2013), Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), The Lobotomist (John Wiley & Sons, 2005), and Lost Minnesota (University of Minnesota Press, 2000). In addition to receiving two Minnesota Book Awards and the annual book award of the Medical Journalists’ Association of the UK, three of his works have been optioned or adapted for the screen. El-Hai is a frequent contributor to such publications as The Atlantic, GQ, Wired, Topic, Discover, Scientific American Mind, and The Washington Post Magazine. He is past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and past board chair of the Loft Literary Center. His latest book, The Lost Brothers, is a historical true-crime investigation forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press.
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