Summer Writer’s Workshop: Lower Fee Before 3 Jun.

Learn the art of cultural journalism, and publish in The Vienna Review

Editor-in-Chief Dardis McNamee | Photo: Anu Koruma

Come join fellow writers and learn new techniques of how to portray the Vienna you love in words.

In this workshop we will uncover the character of Vienna and the Viennese by exploring its culture in the broadest sense. What has shaped the attitudes and ways of life that we encounter today? It’s the present seen against the backdrop of the past, like a flash-back, dissolving the barriers of time to reveal the sources of the city we know.

The course will break the process of writing creative non-fiction down into manageable steps. Skill-building exercises include conducting interviews, developing techniques of description and portraiture, honing selection of detail, keeping a journal, and structuring the narrative in vignettes and features.

Participants will create multi-layered mini-portraits of Vienna (and Austria) at the beginning of the 21st century, learning how to combine observation, interviews and research with the narrative tools of fiction in the service of fact to create “Scenes of Vienna” story, as well as longer cultural features for potential publication in The Vienna Review.

Curiosity and a sense of adventure; good English writing skills; intermediate German desirable for research and interviews

Language of Presentation:
English and German

Learning Outcomes:
-Sharpen your skills of observation, expand your descriptive vocabulary, and continue the development of your own independent writing voice.
-Gain some skill and security with the elements of the genre of creative non-fiction
-Learn what is expected of professional writers in the industry

Dardis McNamee (USA/Austria), Editor in Chief of the English-language monthly The Vienna Review. In her long career in journalism she has been a correspondent for, among others, The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler in New York, and for the Wall Street Journal Europe and Die Zeit in Vienna, as well as a speechwriter to two U.S. ambassadors to Austria. She is a former Research Professor of Media Communications at Webster University Vienna (2002 to 2011) where she was awarded the 2007 Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching for Webster Worldwide. In 2010 she was granted Austrian Citizenship of Honor “for outstanding contributions to the Austrian Republic.” She has lived in Vienna for 16 years, and has co-authored the 2011 Frommer’s Austria and Frommer’s Vienna and the Danube Valley.

Group Size: 4 to 7 participants
Duration: 5 evenings or 2 weekends
Course Dates: Summer 2012: June 22nd & 23rd, July 6th & 7th , Friday 4- 7 PM & Saturday 9-12 AM
Fees: 2 monthly instalments of € 309,- (including taxes); Early registration fee if you sign up before June 3rd, 2012: 2 x € 269,- (including taxes)
Registration:, or Cultural Journalism Workshop
Free info-evening: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 7 PM at the Studio at Pramergasse 21 (9th District). Please send an E mail, if you would like to come. Thank you. DMN

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