INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES TO HEAR A STORY – NOT ASSUME ONE.
Listening is a dying art. We hear, we respond – but do we actually listen? Michael has authored four books plus written and performed a nationally toured play, FLAK, based on several years interviewing over 150 WW2 airmen, a ‘life changing’ experience, he says. For Hell Ship, it’s been a case of talking to the descendants of the Ticonderoga and others affected by her saga.
In writing, we can often desire – or assume – a certain outcome, but does that pursuit blind us to the gem of the story? And how do you coax a subject who doesn’t really want to talk? Real life is often more than we can imagine, but to capture it, we need to learn to listen.
Michael will share his tips and ideas on how to get the best out of your interviewees. Great for students, journalists, historians and writers.
Michael Veitch began his career in TV Comedy, diverging into radio, and is the author of eight books, ranging from travel, to history and military aviation.
Date: Wednesday 31 July Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm Where: Byron Community Centre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay Cost: $120 General / $100 Members