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You might be afraid of the very word “interview,” but you shouldn’t be. Whether you’re an essayist, memoirist or blogger, interviews and interview skills can deepen your narrative nonfiction pieces. This seminar will help you become comfortable with creating, sequencing and posing questions that elicit thoughtful, expansive answers that unlock places in your interviewee’s memory as well as your own.

We will discuss interview preparation: How to research. How to discern who might be the best subjects. How to craft questions and the importance of sequencing. As well, we will talk about the importance of setting up the right atmosphere for an interview. We will also explore the post-interview: transcription vs. working from notebooks. And, we will test-drive the techniques in the class. Handouts will be provided.

This is a free program that will be held at the Palms-Rancho Park Library. Space is limited, so please respond early. For more information, please contact Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at sharonpadua@lfla.org or 213.292.6268.


Reservation and Wait-list Policy

LFLA Members will receive advance notice to make reservations, before being open to the general public.

Reservations will be taken until the program is full, at which point a waiting list will be maintained. If you or anyone in your party can no longer attend, please inform us ahead of time to the best of your ability. If you are on the waiting list and a reserved guest cancels, the Library Foundation will contact you regarding availability.

Lynell George

Lynell George is an award-winning Los Angeles based journalist and essayist. She has been a staff writer for both L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times and is currently an arts and culture columnist for KCET | Artbound. She is the author of No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels (Verso/Doubleday) and After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame, a collection of her essays and photographs published by Angel City Press. She is the recipient of a 2017 GRAMMY for her liner notes for “Otis Redding Live at the Whisky A Go Go.”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation/wait-list policy for this seminar?
    Due to room capacity and the interactive nature of this program, program space will be limited to no more than 40. Once that capacity is reached, we will maintain a waitlist. If you need to cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Where should I park?
    The Palms-Rancho Park Library has a large parking lot. There is also street parking available -- please pay attention to parking signs.
  • What should I bring?
    This is an interactive workshop. Please bring a pen and a notebook and/or a laptop. Be prepared for an engaging discussion with Lynell and fellow participants!

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