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Effective Interviewing



Nicole Smith




Everyone has a story. How do we as writers gain trust to tell another person’s story? How do we honour the interviewee’s voice and balance it with our own? How do we find the narrative within the conversation? In this session, learn which characteristics of an interviewee to focus on, gain tips on interview research and practice your interview skills.
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Free places are available in this workshop for writers who would otherwise be unable to attend. Please email program@writersvictoria.org.au to access one of these places.

You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact program@writersvictoria.org.au to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • the principles of cognitive interviewing
  • which characteristics of the interviewee to focus on to properly honour their voice and narrative.
  • how to ask questions which honour the interviewee’s previous answers.
  • tips on researching for interviews.
  • tips on dealing with unexpected turns within an interview.

About the Tutor:

Nicole Smith is a writer, wheelchair user, coffee addict, AFL footy fan and improviser. She works as a Digital Communications Officer. She has a blog where she interviews social entrepreneurs: www.blankpagesandemptyspaces.com. She has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Graduate Diploma of English from La Trobe University. Nicole won a Writeability Fellowship from Writers Victoria. She is currently a Storming the City mentor with Writers Victoria.

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3000 Australia


Phone: 0390947840
Email: program@writersvictoria.org.au

Effective Interviewing

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