The Art of the Interview with Lane DeGregory


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The Art of the Interview with Lane DeGregory

How to find and court your story’s characters with Lane DeGregory.

Type: Webinar

Originally Broadcast On: March 21, 2018

Time Estimate: 1 hour


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When you know what you want to write about, how do you scout for subjects? And, once you find them, how do you get them to open up to you?

The webinar talks about ways to court your characters, get them to trust you and, ultimately, take you home. We will also discuss methods of research, records-searching, and taking notes for feature stories.


  • How to pitch stories to people you want to write about
  • How to convince them to open up
  • Other means of getting information
  • How to organize your notepad and take notes for a narrative


    • Storytellers and feature writers
    • Writers who want to find their characters and what makes them interesting
    • Reporters interested in developing new sources


Lane Degregory

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer who prefers writing about people in the shadows. She went to work with a 100-year-old man who still swept out a seafood warehouse, hung out beneath a bridge with a colony of sex offenders and followed a feral child who was adopted. Her story 2008 story on The Girl in the Window was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for a “moving, richly detailed story of a neglected little girl, found in a roach-infested room, unable to talk or feed herself, who was adopted by a new family committed to her nurturing.”