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Real Dialogue: Using Interviews to Shape Biography

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St. Edward's University
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

12/7/2013 From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


with Alison Macor

$49 members (log in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers 

Interviews can illuminate a biographical subject, provide depth and color, and offer perspective and counterpoint. But they can also throw your carefully constructed plot into disarray. So what do you do with all of those stories once you’ve transcribed them? A blend of craft discussion and hands-on exercises, this class covers the fundamentals of interviewing (scheduling, researching, conducting, transcribing) and tackles the difficult—and often unforeseen—situations that can arise during the interview process. We’ll also discuss how to combine interview material with other research to shape story and plot. We’ll work through your most challenging interview scenarios, so come prepared with questions and a recording device (helpful but not required).

Alison Macor interviewed more than 200 subjects for Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: Thirty Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas (University of Texas Press), which won the 2011 Peter C. Rollins Book Award. She spent eight years as a film critic and film features writer for the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman. She holds a Ph.D. in film studies and teaches at the University of Texas and Texas State University. She is working on her second book, a biography entitled Rewrite Man: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Warren Skaaren, which will be published by University of Texas Press.

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