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 offered as 100% online

Available Sessions

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Apr 28-Jun 19, 2020 | Online | $575.00

Format: Online
Code: WG402S20O
Apr 28-Jun 19, 2020

1nstructor: Jennifer Van Evra

Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$575.00 $28.75 $603.75

Sep 29-Nov 20, 2020 | Online | $575.00

Format: Online
Code: WG402F20O
Sep 29-Nov 20, 2020
8 sessions


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$575.00 $28.75 $603.75