Course start: Summer 2022
The bigness of the small story
Online master class by Alex Kotlowitz, a renowned American journalist
An online master class by renowned American journalist Alex Kotlowitz (The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, This American Life): why and how to examine the lives of ordinary people to make sense of the injustices of the world. Alex will teach you to find stories worth telling, gather facts, recreate chronology through interviews, write cinematically, and bring a text to life. And most importantly, he’ll explain how to make your readers more empathetic.
For more than 40 years, Alex Kotlowitz has been telling poignant stories from the U.S. heartland.
Opportunity to pitch a story idea to Alex Kotlowitz
Skills building through interactive online simulators
Weekly online meetings in book-club and boardroom formats
Unique lecture format: through the author’s experience and practical cases
15 texts and excerpts from Alex’s books to read, analyze and discuss
Networking with other students
Exercises and creative homework, designed by the course author
Discussions and progress tracking with a mentor
Watch lectures at your convenience: 14 pre-recorded video lessons 10−20 minutes each
Personalized schedule: move at your own pace, following our recommendations. No strict deadlines or penalties.
How does the course work?
He writes about poverty, violence, prisons, drug addiction, social inequality, conflict, people caught in unbearable circumstances and how they try to make those circumstances more bearable. He is a brilliant American and has worked with some of the world’s best publications: The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Magazine. He has twice won the Peabody Award, one of the media’s oldest and most prestigious journalism awards. His bestseller, There Are No Children Here, is one of the 150 most influential books of the XX century.
An organization of more than 7,000 American novelists, journalists, publicists, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other professionals from the literary field. PEN defends press freedom, seeks the safety of journalists, and supports creative freedom.
A System for personalized creative talent development. Our mission is to help everyone reach their highest potential, self-actualize and become themselves. We reinvent online education, help our students set and achieve their professional goals, network and monetize their skills.
- 14 pre-recorded video lessons
- 11 exercises
- Interactive simulators to practice gained skills
- Online Bookclub and Story Meeting twice a week
- Learning materials
- Lesson notes
- Supplemental reading materials
- Personal mentor’s feedback
- Student community
- Pitch a story idea to the course expert
- Three-month-long access to course materials
Онлайн-мастер-класс известного американского журналиста Алекса Котловитца
A well-told story has an unrestrained power to change and question the way we think of ourselves, see the world through someone else’s eyes, and live through entirely new experiences.
Alex believes the nerve of our time is in small, private and unnoticed stories.
How to make the characters come alive?
How to work with an editor?
Which point of view to choose to tell someone else’s story?
How does one interview people to recreate events of the past?
How can personal experience help find a new story?
journalists, researchers, bloggers, marketers, and writers.
How to portray a person’s appearance?
How to put context into a narrative?
How to write cinematically?
How to move from scene to scene?
How do stories save people?
This course is for anyone who tells stories and works with texts:
How to approach story subjects?
How much time should one spend with them?
Why does one need empathy to be a storyteller?
It is for anyone who wants to communicate other people’s stories, find characters, be able to listen to them and transform an ordinary story into a great one.