About the 2012 conference

Whether you are a reporter, an editor, a communicator, or just a lover of stories, we believe this conference will provide you with inspiration and joy. Over the course of two days, we will celebrate the power of stories with some of the best reporters, writers, and producers in the world. And, with their guidance, we'll also learn new tools to make our own stories better.

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.

This matters because we humans are narrative creatures. We explain our lives and our world through stories. That’s how we make sense of emotions, events, and people. That’s why, no matter how delivery systems change, stories remain.

The other message we want to stress was the need to treasure the in-depth, time, energy, and money consuming narratives. 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 stories that explain, investigate, create emotion and build community.

When? Where?

The conference will take place Friday and Saturday (October 5-6) in the conference center of Pullman Hotel (World Trade Center), located at 10 Montreal Square, Bucharest, (View map in a new window). Take a look at the complete schedule.

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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 a host of partners and sponsors..

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Who is speaking?

We have nine amazing speakers that will join us for the day; both veterans and innovators, all accomplished and award-winning American journalists:

  • • Chris Jones
  • • Mike Sager
  • • Walt Harrington
  • • Jacqui Banaszynski
  • • Travis Fox
  • • Alex Tizon
  • • Starlee Kine
  • • Pat Walters
  • • Evan Ratliff

For full bios visit the speakers page.

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What language will the conference be in?

All speeches and workshops will be in English.

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How much does it cost? How do I register?

Visit the Fees and Registration page for details.

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Tell me more about the workshops

For more on the workshops visit the schedule page. You can attend one workshop in each of the three rounds. When you register, you can pick your first choice in each round; we will try to distribute participants according to their wishes. 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.

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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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I have a question not answered here.
How do I reach you?

Direct all inquiries to storytelling@decatorevista.ro.

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