The Story’s in the Details // Webinar

Assembling the Past to Build Your Future Narrative

The Story’s in the Details // Webinar

As storytellers, we need to know things like how the air smelled or the texture of someone’s hair or the layout of a home—but such details are hard to find and easy to lose.

Research can be the beating heart of a narrative—but ineffectively organized research (or completely unorganized research!) can leave you with a mess of computer files, cause you to spend days tracking down things you were sure were here somewhere, and even require you to omit beautiful stories and details that you cannot reliably source. Maybe you have folders on your computer that are full of haphazard photos or scans of documents, but you rarely look at them because there are so many and the file names are just strings of numbers, leaving you unsure what they are anymore. Or maybe your research is nicely archived in your computer, but when you need to describe a character’s home, you can’t remember which document holds that description.

In this webinar, we’ll explore concrete systems that will help you organize your material in ways that will help streamline the research-to-story process. We’ll start with tips for collecting and organizing—photos and scans from archives, books, and databases—and end with you at your desk, writing and readily finding the details you need when you need them.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • COLLECT information efficiently, using hacks that make later organization easier
  • ORGANIZE documents and photographs in ways that make sense for your story
  • RECORD where small pieces of information live, so you can find them (and cite them) when your story needs them

There will be time for a Q & A at the end of the presentation. 

This webinar is ideal for anyone interested in learning how to collect and organize information to shape your story-building. Open to all levels


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

2 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern Time

Advance registration required.
Space is limited.
To request closed-captioning, email Lloyd@creativenonfiction.org

$15 if registered by 5/16/2021
$25 if registered after 5/16/2021

Registration will close 24 hours before the event.

A recording of the webinar will be sent out to all registrants three business days after the event.

PLEASE NOTE: It may take a little while for us to process your order and send you the link to the webinar. If you haven't received the link by the morning of the date of the webinar, please email us at information@creativenonfiction.org.


About the instructor: Katie Booth teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in the Believer, Aeon, Catapult, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, McSweeney’s, and Harper’s Magazine, and has been highlighted on Longreads and Longform. “The Sign for This” was a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2016. She has earned fellowships and residencies from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Blue Mountain Center, and was a 2017–18 John W. Kluge fellow at the Library of Congress. She was raised in a mixed hearing/deaf family, and her first book, The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest to End Deafness, was published in April 2021.


Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email the director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates@creativenonfiction.org.