The Art of the Profile: How to Write a Dazzling Profile by Breaking Some Rules with Jane Ganahl (Sunday, Feb 10)

Jane Ganahl (photo by Chis Hardy)

: Jane Ganahl
Number of sessions: 1
Meeting time: 10am to 1pm
Dates: Sunday, February 10

Course fee: $75 for the session with a deposit of $50, bagels and coffee provided.

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.

Description: The ability to pen a great profile is a building block to any kind of writing career. Journalists who write perceptive, provocative profiles are in high demand. Marketing and PR reps often have to create compelling written portrayals of executives. And even novelists write profiles on their characters before embarking on a book in order to get to know them on a deeper level. Writing a great profile requires a scribe to be equal parts psychologist – paying equal attention to physical gestures and speech mannerisms – and sleuth, knowing how to ferret out the best answers to the best questions. Jane Ganahl, a veteran journalists with hundreds of profiles under her belt, will teach you how to approach the artform: developing a line of questions guaranteed to provoke but not alienate, tailoring your questions to the publication involved, giving equal time in your writing to piece to the unspoken – everything from the way your subject interacts with others, to how and what they eat, to the colors they wear. It all adds up to compelling material for a riveting profile. As an added bonus, Jane will tell you how to pitch your profiles to publications.

Instructor Bio: Jane Ganahl has won awards for her profiles of technology gurus, arts leaders, rock stars and, movie stars and many more. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Litquake, and author of the book, “Naked on the Page.”