This session is for academics, researchers or PhD candidates who have either written for The Conversation or who have already done a general training session and have a clear idea for a long read based on their current research.

We will explain the art of writing long-form features, how to keep readers engaged, and what it takes to turn your research into a compelling long read that makes a bigger impact.

The Conversation’s Insights section specialises in features of up to 4,000 words. The key things we are looking for are:

  • Yet-to-be-published investigative research with news lines that are of strong public interest.
  • Human stories with compelling narrative arcs and case studies that grab readers’ attention.
  • The ‘inside story’ of a researcher’s journey, including personal ups-and-downs.

In this training session, we will focus on the core elements of successful long-form feature writing, including:

  • How to pitch, plan and structure your outline.
  • Building a compelling narrative.
  • Using first-person accounts to make your story come alive.
  • How to co-write long reads with other authors more effectively.

You will also have the opportunity to discuss your ideas and receive feedback from The Conversation’s Insights editors.

NOTE: You should already have done a general training session OR had a piece published on The Conversation AND have a clear idea for a long read based on your current research. 

Date and time

March 23 at 14:00 - 15:30 (registration opens 2 March) 
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May 16, at 10:30 - 12:00  (registration opens 25 April) 
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