Sarah Anne Johnson

The Art of the Author Interview Workshop

warding forms of literary journalism. Sarah Anne Johnsons interview's with authors have been praised for her thoughtful and knowledgeable questions (Bloomsbury Review) that provoke thoughtful responses from her subjects (Publishers Weekly) and provide an opportunity to participate in intimate and often illuminating dialogue (Library Journal). Johnson also travels to MFA programs across the country, teaching workshops in how to conduct an author interview. This book, based on that workshop, shows readers how to initiate, research, conduct, and publish interviews with authors and other creative people. Drawing on her own experience, Johnson not only covers the nuts and bolts of conducting the interviews, but she also offers an inspirational explanation of how the process can feed and enhance a writers own work and career. More and more MFA programs now recognize the need to equip their students with the tools for building a writing life; in this book, Johnson provides a practical, inspiring guide to one of the most popular forms of literary journalism. In addition, students of journalism and broadcasting, and even fans, will find its down-to-earth approach to authors and writing liberating. With examples, exercises, and step-by-step instructions, Johnson covers every step from preparation to publication. Widely praised for her own skillfully conducted interviews, Johnson is the perfect guide to this rewarding activity. sarah anne johnson author interviewerBased on the book, The Art of the Author Interview, by Sarah Anne Johnson, this workshop teaches participants the critical elements in preparing, conducting and publishing an author interview.

Key topics include the role of the interviewer, to edit or not edit and author’s words, handling the logistics of the interview, and using the resulting interview as a way to connect to and participate in your literary community.

Some of the questions that will be answered:

  • Why interview an author?
  • Who should I interview?
  • How do I contact an author?
  • How do I prepare for the interview?
  • How do I keep the interview working for me?

The Art of the Author Interview Workshop

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Sarah Anne Johnson

Sarah is the author of The Lightkeeper’s Wife (Sourcebooks), The Very Telling, The Art of the Author Interview, and Conversations with American Women Writers, all published by the University Press of New England. Her interviews appear in The Writer’s Chronicle, Glimmertrain Stories, Provincetown Arts, and The Writer where she is a contributing editor. Her fiction has appeared in Other Voices, and she is the recipient of residencies in fiction from Jentel Artists’ Residency Program and Vermont Studio Center. She has taught the Art of the Author Interview Workshop at Bennington College Writing Seminars MFA Program, Leseley University MFA Program, and at literary conferences.

The Art of the Author Interview Workshop February 27, 2012