Most people with great ideas and stories need some training and mentorship to learn how to tell them well. Recognizing this, INTER offers access to training opportunities designed to help you find your story, then develop that story into a compelling, polished piece. Training opportunities include online learning, live workshops, and access to a peer network to help you develop your narrative and public voice.
Creative Nonfiction 4-Week Online Workshop
Are you interested in learning more about the craft of writing? Do you have a story you want to tell about your tradition or worldview, but need help making it come alive?
INTER is partnering with the journal Creative Nonfiction to offer a 4-week online course led by Jonathan Callard that will explore the craft of creative nonfiction and will ask questions like: How do we write about something personal and powerful and share it with an audience of differing beliefs or traditions? How do we move beyond the saccharine (or the frustration) to illuminate a truth?
INTER is offering 7 scholarships to IFYC alumni and current students to participate in the 4-week course held January 8 - February 4, 2018. The course will be asynchronous, meaning you will not need to be online at the same time as your classmates and will require a couple hours of work per week.
See the application for more information and to apply. If you’d like to be considered for one of the seven competitive spots, please complete the application by October 31, 2017 (deadline extended).
P.S. Wondering what is “creative nonfiction”? The word “creative” refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques ﬁction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present “nonﬁction” — factually accurate prose about real people and events — in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner.
The Op-Ed Project Online Sessions
Can’t make it to the seminar? INTER and IFYC are committed to equipping college students and recent alums with the skills they need to powerfully articulate their points of view; to establish themselves as thought leaders in the interfaith space and far beyond. Register here and join INTER and The OpEd Project for one of two 90-minute webinars to learn how to recognize your expertise, why your voice matters, and how to find publications where your story fits. Sessions will be held:
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m PST/1:00 p.m. EST
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m PST/1:00 p.m. EST
The Op-Ed Project Seminar: Write to Change the World
Are you interested in sharing your interfaith voice through writing and media? Do you want to learn more about constructing an op-ed (opinion column found online and in the pages of newspapers) and pitching it to news outlets?
INTER offers scholarships to IFYC alumni and current students for a day-long Write to Change the World seminar. This seminar, held in partnership with The Op-Ed Project, is designed to test assumptions about our own knowledge and what it takes to be influential on a large scale.
Applications have closed for the 2017 session. But check back for another opportunity next year.
We accept pitches from anyone and everyone. But we also have a special online group of writers, journalists, video and podcast producers, and other creative folks who want to hone their storytelling skills to advance the interfaith movement. Interested in joining? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for some tips and tools that you can investigate yourself, these links might be useful:
- How to Pitch (The Op-Ed Project)
- Solutions Journalism Toolkit (Solutions Journalism Network)
- Telling Your Public Story Worksheet (Marshall Ganz)
- Storytelling with your Better Together Organizing Team (Interfaith Youth Core)
- Sikhism and Storytelling (Common Knowledge podcast)