Writing Nonfiction

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  • “I learned very practical techniques for doing interviews and how not to confuse reporting with interpretation.

    I noticed that, apparently, I am my own worst critic. Whereas I am used to see only what doesn’t work in my writing, I now see all the things that do work.

    It was a wonderful experience to feel the concentration and positive energy of the group.”

    Camelia, June 16, 2013

  • “I was sweating during the whole class, but I must say that it was worth it.”

    Nadi, June 16, 2013

  • “I learnt that I have to be creative with language to make a piece special and that sometimes wonderful phrases just create themselves if you start poking around in the dark corners of your mind for inspiration. I also realised that there’s some strange stuff that happens when you start to write…

    I learnt that if I have a deadline I find it easier to focus and produce good work. I can then work quite quickly and ignore distractions.

    I was enchanted by many of the pieces.”

    Pam, June 16, 2013

  • “I learnt to approach interview writing in a fresh and interesting way. Also, the course has made me more conscious about various writing techniques that can be used while compiling any text really. Very helpful.”

    Marta, June 16, 2013

  • “I enjoyed the workshop so much because of the instructor’s professionalism, the demands she made on us as writers and readers and the generosity with which she encouraged us to look at our own work and that of others. It was really instructive to engage with other people’s work and to learn from them how infinite are the variety of ways in which you can approach a piece of nonfiction.”

    Pat, November 25, 2012

  • “I learnt a great deal regarding different interview techniques, ways in which you can approach an interview and gain information from people you’re interviewing.

    How you structure, contextualise and edit a narrative was well addressed in the course and made me aware of my personal strengths and weaknesses. The workshop really made me evaluate how I write and the different approaches I can consider when set a writing task.”

    John, November 25, 2012

  • “I learned to express my thinking on paper in the right words.”

    Patama, November 25, 2012

  • “I have been to many of the Amsterdam Writing Workshops. Always, they are inspiring, creatively driven and passionate about making good work great. I would encourage anyone interested in writing to get involved.”

    Kerrie, September 18, 2012