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From I to Eye: Weaving Research Into Personal Narrative Writing

May 10, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Expand the scope, audience and possibilities of your personal narrative with creative approaches to research.

Have you wanted to take your essays beyond the personal? Perhaps integrate a researched or reported element into your personal narrative writing or break into a new media publication? Even write a hybrid memoir?

Whether you have an idea for weaving research into a finished essay, are passionate about a subject you’d like to write about creatively, or want an introduction to the possibilities of personal journalism, this webinar will provide options for approaching your piece. We’ll start by looking at the various ways research and other points of view can add perspective and meaning to a piece and then discuss best practices for a variety of research approaches, with options for even the most novice researcher. We will end by looking at a sample pitch.

In this webinar you will:
  • IDENTIFY essay structure on the spectrum of the personal to the universal
  • LEARN about best practices for research approaches from novice to advanced
  • CONSIDER structure options for hybrid essays
  • ANALYZE a successful pitch and learn pitching options for your own researched essays

This webinar is for…

  • Personal essay writers who want to expand their options for publication.
  • Writers who feel stuck with their ideas or approaches to a nonfiction topic or project.
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about research approaches.
  • Anyone with an article, essay, or book idea that they want help to expand upon and/or seek inspiration for finishing.

Closed captioning is available. ✔
All registrants receive the recording. ✔


SUZANNE COPE is a journalist and scholar, author of the book POWER HUNGRY: Women of the Black Panther Party and Freedom Summer and Their Fight to Feed a Movement (Chicago Review Press, 2021). She has also written essays and articles for The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, BBC, Aeon, LitHub, LARB, among others. Dr. Cope teaches writing at New York University and has taught courses, workshops, and seminars on creative nonfiction craft for numerous MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs and community writing organizations, including Lesley University, University of Arkansas, Berklee College of Music, Grub Street, Creative Nonfiction, among others.


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May 10, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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Suzanne Cope
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