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).
This course is offered 100% online.
About Online Learning
Our professional writing courses are purpose-built for online learning using UBC instructional design resources and tools.
Online courses are hosted on the intuitive learning management platform Canvas. Every week, your instructor releases a new module or lesson. Each lesson might include materials such as class notes, readings, links to articles, videos and practice exercises. You may also be asked to post on discussion boards and submit assignments.
Your instructor is there to provide you feedback on your work, and guide online forum discussions. Some may hold virtual office hours. You can also communicate with your instructor through Canvas.
Expect to spend two to three hours per week on your course – you do get out what you put in! You can log in anytime day or night. Some courses, however, might include exercises and assignments with deadlines. Materials will be available for two weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course.
We will send you instructions on accessing Canvas before your first class.