Hands-on special session: Get full attention to discuss your narrative-project

Jun 12, 2019


Hotell Oleana


A very limited number of places at a hands-on narrative-projects special session, led by Mark Kramer and Jina Moore are available.

The session will take place at Hotel Oleana on the afternoon of Wednesday. It is a new feature of the Telling True Stories annual conference on narrative journalism, that offers personal feedback to ten confererence goers in a special extra three-hour session preceeding the conference. We have scheduled it so you can travel to Bergen in the morning, and have time to attend, then have a quick, late lunch before the conference begins. It is intended for experienced journalists currently working on longform projects in all media, or who have a project in mind and wish to work out its feasibility and structure.

Mark is one of narrative journalism’s most celebrated teachers and thinkers. As a professor, editor and workshop and conference leader, he has helped hundreds of international journalists steer their projects to publication – articles, books, podcasts and documentaries. He has written many narrative books and articles, two textbooks in the field, founded the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University, and helped launch our conference in Norway, and parallel conferences in Boston, London and Amsterdam. If you are registering for the conference, you may also sign up to take this seminar. The conference leaders will select ten registrants. Seminar members are expeced to send around copies of two-double-spaced pages, a project memo including your description of the work and your thoughts about where it might go, and a brief bio. You may include two or three opening pages. Send us copy (at least machine-translated into English) in advance, with permission to share it confidentially with others in the group. We’ll all agree not to discuss it outside of the seminar.

Jina is an intrepid reporter of who has broken many major stories. Please see jinamoore.com for examples. She was East Africa Bureau Chief for the New York Times and the inaugural Global Women’s Rights Reporter for BuzzFeed. Twenty years ago, she studied with Mark, and later co-launched the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism with him. She is a brilliant teacher and lecturer, and has helped many talented young writers build their skills and careers.

This is a rare opportunity for a limited number of experienced practitioners to spend an intensive session with two high-level professionals who will give full attention to and discuss your project.

To apply for this special session, please send an e-mail to fk@fortellingenskraft.no  (in English) immediately (we will select participants well ahead of time) a project description of up to two DOUBLE SPACED pages, and up to four DOUBLE SPACED sample pages or a one to two minute audio or visual recording of the work in progress or a like sample.

Participants will be notified in advance, and after a promise of session confidentiality, the work submitted will be share with other session participants, so we will all be able to discuss the material efficiently in our precious hours together.


Price: NOK 350,- 

  • Mark Kramer

  • Jina Moore