Events

Successful Interviewing for Stories + History

Join us for a special Saturday workshop, “Successful Interviewing for Stories and History,” lead by Professor Robert Watts!

Interviewing another person is one of the most simple and yet extraordinary activities we can conduct to get to know a person and their journey.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make interviewees comfortable, how to make yourself comfortable, how to take notes, how to ask good questions and how to get the interviewee to open up and share deep truths.

Good interviewing differs from good conversation, and the workshop will give people practice and confidence at asking all the questions you want to ask to learn another person’s story and history.

The workshop will be held February 18, 2017 from 10 AM – 1 PM at the Dornsife Center in Ryan Hall.


About Prof. Robert Watts:

Robert Watts is writing a historical novel based on the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta in the early 1960s. In his teaching, he combines an interest in fiction along with an interest in science, politics, history, psychology and culture. More recently, his teaching interests have expanded to include humor (analyzing it and writing it) as well as graphic novels. Prominent themes in his classes include the use of plain language, the nature of happiness, the workings of the mind and the brain and the study of creativity. Robert has taught and offered workshops through Writers Room and is delighted to return to share his expertise in the interview process.