The question I get asked most often is how I do my research. It’s a tricky question to answer–every book is different, every research question is different, every source is different.
But I did my best to boil it down into one half-hour class!
Whether you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, reported journalism, essays, or memoir, you’re probably going to have to do some amount of research.
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.
You can take this class now on Skillshare, which is a Netflix-style platform for online classes. This link gives you a free trial.
I recommend taking this class along with Organize Your Research in Evernote.
You can also take my writing classes on Udemy, where you pay per class for only the classes you want to take. I’ve bundled this class with my class on using Evernote to keep track of research. Go here to check that out.