How to interview for narrative storytelling

12:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

It takes a different set of interview skills to get people to share not just the facts of their situation, but also an actual narrative. In this online class, we’ll talk through practical skills for narrative interviewing, from figuring out what questions to ask, to asking questions in a way that prompts story and emotion, and how to help sources tap into the details of stories that are often long past. If you have taken Karen’s Story Structure class, some of the material may be familiar though will be addressed from a different angle.

Bonus: Registration comes with a free, three-month license for Hindenburg audio editing software!

About Your Instructor

Karen Duffin

Karen is a longform journalist, editor and host, whose stories blend in-depth reporting with narrative storytelling. Most recently, she was a host of NPR's Planet Money and, before that, a reporter at This American Life and More Perfect. Karen's stories have appeared on Radiolab, Reply All, Rough Translation, On the Media, The Rumpus and others. She is also a live storytelling performer with shows like The Moth and Pop Up Magazine. Karen has taught audio documentary at the Columbia, NYU and CUNY Graduate Schools of Journalism, and live storytelling as a story coach for The Moth. Before becoming a journalist, Karen spent several years as a speechwriter, working in more than 20 countries.


Karen Duffin's "Interviewing for Narrative" was the most nutritionally-dense 2-hour class I have ever taken! I loved how focused this session was, and also appreciated the class size .. as it felt like a real classroom but not TOO big that we couldn't chime in with questions throughout.

Karen had so many excellent tips. She presented things i often do- but put a name and order to them.

Karen was an amazing instructor! She has practical samples to all of the amazing concepts that she was sharing which really made everything come to life and made it more tangible to understand and follow.

Notes on this Class

Refund and recording policy: Classes will not be recorded and are non-refundable. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class. If you are unable to make a class, you are welcome to sell or give away your ticket and email the name of the new attendee to You will receive a Zoom link for the workshop the day before it begins.