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Research! Strategies for Writers

Amy Stewart, Writer & artist

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9 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:26
    • 2. Project & Resources

      0:42
    • 3. Historical Research

      5:18
    • 4. Genealogy Research

      2:06
    • 5. Academic and Scientific Research

      3:21
    • 6. Conducting Interviews

      6:51
    • 7. Hiring Researchers

      1:42
    • 8. Spotting Bad Information

      4:26
    • 9. Final Thoughts

      0:59
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About This Class

Whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction, reported journalism, essays, or memoir, you're probably going to have to do some amount of research. As the author of over a dozen books, including four New York Times bestsellers, I've spent more time on research than writing over the years. Now I'm going to share my methods with you.

We’ll look at how to use scientific and academic sources, and how to track down experts in any field.

We’ll look at historical sources, like old newspapers and archives.

We’ll talk about genealogical resources, like Census records and other public documents.

I’ll show you how I conduct interviews, and when I hire expert help.

I’ll tell you how to spot faulty information and keep it out of your work.

Finally, I'll teach you to be a skeptic! How do you know what you know? How do you verify your facts?

Whatever kind of writing project you're embarking on, this class will help you up your research game.