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).       

How Am I Assessed?
This course is marked complete/incomplete, and is based on your attendance and participation. Your instructor provides you personalized feedback on the assignments you hand in.

Expected Effort
Expect to spend 2-3 hours per week completing coursework, participating in the online forum, and attending the optional group video chat. 

Technology Requirements
To take this course, you’ll need access to:

  • an email account
  • a computer, laptop or tablet under five years old and using Windows or macOS
  • the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
  • a reliable internet connection.

For virtual office hours, you’ll also need:

  • a video camera and microphone.

One day before the start of your course, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

There are no textbooks for this course.

Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor supported with weekly instructor office hours. Course work is done independently and at your own pace within deadlines set by your instructor. Log in anytime to your course to access the lessons as they become available.

Weekly Office Hours
Wednesdays, 6:45–7:30pm Pacific Time
This course offers optional weekly drop-in virtual office hours. Join your instructor and classmates by video conferencing to discuss course materials and assignments, receive feedback and ask questions.  

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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Jan 31, 2023-Mar 27, 2023 | Online | $610.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: WG402W23O
Jan 31, 2023-Mar 27, 2023
Optional Wednesday Drop-in, 6:45pm-7:15pm
8 sessions

1nstructor: Jennifer Van Evra

Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$610.00 $30.50 $640.50

May 2, 2023-Jun 26, 2023 | Online | $630.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: WG402S23O
May 2, 2023-Jun 26, 2023
Optional Wednesday Drop-in, 6:45pm-7:15pm
8 sessions

1nstructor: Jennifer Van Evra

Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$630.00 $31.50 $661.50