Freelance Writing: Interviewing

Whether you’re writing a newspaper story, a magazine article, a press release, an academic report or a blog post, or you’re recording audio for a podcast, online video or family memoir, great interviews are a key ingredient to developing a compelling story — and can be the difference between a story that sings and one that falls flat.

But a great interview involves much more than simply asking questions. This course takes you step-by-step through the art of interviewing: choosing the right technology, researching for interviews, forming questions, and most importantly, getting your subjects to open up — and getting the interview back on track if it goes off the rails. You’ll also discover techniques for incorporating interviews into an article in a way that is accurate, natural and engaging.

This course is taught by award-winning CBC journalist Jennifer Van Evra, whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Condé Nast and many other publications. Learn from her lived experiences – both the good and teachable moments. You’ll also interact with your fellow students in the online forum, prepare and conduct your own interviews, write an interview-based article, and get invaluable one-on-one feedback on your work.

The course includes exclusive weekly video interviews with top journalists, authors and broadcasters, who share their tips and secrets for getting the most out of interviews. Conducted by Jennifer, these videos are available only to registered students, and feature:

    - comedian and podcast legend Marc Maron, whose WTF podcast has had over 300 million downloads
    - popular CBC host and Order of Canada recipient Shelagh Rogers    
    - renowned Globe and Mail investigative reporter Kathy Tomlinson     
    - bestselling author J.B. MacKinnon (The 100-Mile Diet, The Once and Future World).       


Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor supported. Every week, your instructor releases a new lesson that includes materials such as class notes, articles, readings and resources, as well as your assignment for the week.  

Discuss assignments and receive feedback during optional weekly live Zoom sessions, which take place Tuesdays 6–7pm Pacific Time.   

Online materials will be available for three weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course. 

Available Sessions

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Sep 27, 2022-Nov 21, 2022 | Online | $610.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: WG402F22O
Sep 27, 2022-Nov 21, 2022
Optional Tuesday Drop-in, 6:00pm-7:00pm
8 sessions

1nstructor: Jennifer Van Evra

Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$610.00 $30.50 $640.50