Asking the Tough Questions

The Art of the Interview

Asking the Tough Questions

Whether you're writing a memoir or a magazine profile, a great interview session will give you the in-depth information you need to create fully realized characters and narratives in your writing.

No matter where you are in your writing process—page one or draft twenty-two—veteran radio and television host Paul Guggenheimer's techniques will help you practice and perfect the art of the interview, and get the job done right.

Paul's resume includes interviews with political figures like Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Ralph Nader, and John Lewis; artists including Randy Newman, Peter Frampton, and Johnny Mathis; and stars such as Kevin Costner, Isabella Rossellini, and George Takei—but his techniques can just as easily be applied to exploring memories with a sibling, neighbor, or stranger.

In this one-day, intensive workshop Paul will also share clips of some of his best and worst interview moments and talk about what he learned from them, and what you can learn, as well. 

Including how to:

  • Prepare and research prior to the interview
  • Gain the trust of your interviewee
  • Stay in the moment and really listen
  • Handle a combative interviewee
  • Ask challenging and controversial questions, and more!

 Bring your curiosity and your questions to The Art of the Interview.


Saturday, June 24, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Advance registration strongly recommended.
Space is limited for this exclusive day-long workshop.


Location // 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Free on-street parking is available. Doors open at 8 am, event begins at 9 am. Breakfast and coffee will be provided. At noon, the workshop will break for lunch at the surrounding restaurants. A small kitchenette is also available for those who would prefer to bring a lunch from home.


Paul Guggenheimer has been a host and interviewer on public radio and television for more than a decade, including most recently at WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR station. From 2012 until 2017, Paul was the host of “Essential Pittsburgh,” a live daily talk and interview show that won three Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association 1st Place Awards including the 2013 Award for Best Major Market News or Sports Talk Program. In 2016, Pittsburgh Magazine's editors chose Paul Guggenheimer on Essential Pittsburgh as “Best Lunchtime Listen.” Paul also served as anchor for election and special news coverage at WESA, as well as moderator for live community forums including an October 2014 panel discussion on police/community relations that won a Pittsburgh Black Media Federation 1st Place Award. Paul’s television work includes guest hosting “NightTalk” for WPXI’s Pittsburgh Cable News Channel as well as a “Dances with Wolves” 20th anniversary special with Kevin Costner for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.


Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email our events manager, Lauren Boehm, at boehm@creativenonfiction.org.