With the media landscape undergoing rapid and far-reaching change in recent years, the art of feature writing is now a different beast to what it once was, even if some tenets and principles remain the same. This workshop will explore how to structure and develop an engaging, entertaining and informative feature as well as offer a guide to research and placement.
The day will incorporate group discussion and exercises and will also focus on how to incorporate experimentation and innovation into feature writing without sacrificing a compelling and accessible read. Participants will leave with an understanding of the different types of feature (such as news features, profiles, opinion pieces, ‘Gonzo’, investigative, human interest) as well as the overall process of translating and formulating ideas into text.
Participants are welcome to bring ideas or articles they are working on for discussion.
The workshop will aim to cover:
What is a feature? (As distinct from news, reviews and other forms)
Structure and storytelling technique
Writing for online and writing for print
If, when, and how to use the first person
The art of interviewing
Analysis of successful examples of feature writing
Nut and bolts of pitching
Editing and proofing
When: Friday 23 February, 10am – 4pm Where: Byron Writers Festival Office, Level 1 – 28 Jonson St, Byron Bay Tickets: $115 / $95 Members or students
Barnaby Smith has been a professional journalist, writer and editor for 13 years and has worked in three countries. His feature writing and criticism has appeared in or at ABC Arts, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Australian Book Review, ArtGuide.com.au, The Quietus, The Big Issue, NME, Southerly, NRL.com, the Geneva Tribune and many others. He received a Storyology Scholarship from the Walkley Foundation in 2017 and has worked in-house on magazines and newspapers as both an editor and writer. He is the editor of northerly, the official magazine of Byron Writers Festival.