Humans are narrative creatures. We explain our lives and our world through stories. As journalism struggles to find its bearings in the digital world, we must not forget that bite-size information and speedy delivery won’t displace the well-reported, well-written, and well-produced narrative stories that explain, investigate, create emotion and build community.
This conference is aimed at reporters and lovers of narrative nonfiction who aim to tell or consume more story-driven journalism. In keynotes and workshops, our speakers will address both the need for storytelling in news and feature journalism, as well as share best practices and tips.
The conference will take place on Saturday, November 26. It will be hosted by the Romanian American University of Bucharest, located at Bdul. Expoziției 1B. (View map in a new window). Take a look at the complete schedule.
Who is responsible?
The conference is hosted by Decât o Revistă, a Romanian quarterly journal of ground-breaking non-fiction. It was made possible with support from The US Embassy in Bucharest, The Soros Foundation, Ursus Breweries, Golden Tulip, MasterCard, REEA and Intercapital Invest.
Who is speaking?
We have four amazing speakers that will join us for the day; both veterans and innovators, all accomplished and award-winning American journalists:
- Jacqui Banaszynski
- Pat Walters
- Alex Tizon
- Laurie Hertzel
For full bios visit the speakers page.
What language will the conference be in?
All speeches and workshops will be in English.
How do I register?
Visit the registration page for complete details. We only have 100 spots open, and they will be given out on a first come, first served basis. The registration is not complete until you have paid the registration fee.
How much does the conference cost?
The registration fee is 250 RON (60€), and it includes the morning keynotes, lunch, and your choice of the afternoon workshop session.
Tell me more about the workshops
For more on the workshops visit the schedule page. You can only attend one workshop. When you register, you can pick your first three choices for workshops; we will distribute participants accordingly. We will notify you in advance about the workshop you’ll be attending. Also, on the day of the conference, we will display the lists of workshop participants.
What is narrative journalism?
Narrative journalism – also referred to as literary journalism, creative nonfiction or narrative nonfiction – is a genre that brings literary devices into the journalistic work, without comprising the integrity of facts. The best of nonfiction storytelling is, as writer Walt Harrington said, “news you can feel.” It is scenic, it has characters, dialogue, and it aims to create an emotional experience for the public. Read lengthier explanations of what narrative is at these three links.
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