Interviewing: Profile Writing

Telling someone else’s life story is challenging. For a fully rounded portrait, you have to incorporate your subject’s personal and professional achievements and capture his or her temperament and personality.

Whether you’re writing a book, magazine, newspaper story, or personal history, a good profile will leave your readers with the feeling that they know the subject, even if he or she is a complete stranger.

To participate in this course, you will need a laptop computer so you can complete the class assignments.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 3 Jayne Akizuki $415.00 17 Register

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Choose a worthy and engaging candidate for a profile
  • Determine the best way to tell your subject’s story
  • Identify print or online publications that might be interested in publishing your story, and tailor your profile to fit their needs
  • Use background research to prepare for your interviews
  • Draw out your subject’s story using effective interview skills
  • Identify friends, family, colleagues, and even critics or adversaries who can tell you more about your subject
  • Focus on the key elements of your candidate’s story without getting bogged down by too much information
  • Write a profile that will give your readers a real sense of who your subject is and what he or she has accomplished

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Class discussions
  • In-class exercises
  • Homework assignments 
  • Recommended reading

How will I be evaluated?

You will receive guidance and feedback on your interview skills and a take-home writing assignment.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

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