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Replay: Empathy & Crime Writing with Katherine Laidlaw

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Missed our spring session on true crime writing? Purchase a Replay and get unlimited streams of this class, plus a handy tip-sheet to guide you through your next assignment.

This session with National Magazine Award-winning journalist Katherine Laidlaw helps true crime storytellers raise the ethical bar of an often exploitative genre. In an era where a new, buzzy true crime story seems to hit the internet every week – either as a magazine story, podcast, or documentary – how do we as storytellers manage the myriad thorny ethical questions that come with reporting and writing these pieces? How do empathy and crime reporting fit together? How much empathy is too much? Do we always have to pick a side? And what happens when you empathize with both? These are questions that come up when covering perpetrators and victims of crime.


This is not a live seminar. Purchase includes: link and password to access recorded spring session; digital notes from the author; a tip-sheet to guide you through future projects.

Date: May 15/20
Katherine Laidlaw
Length: 1hr 48 min.
Attachment: True crime writing tip-sheet with access information for recorded tutorial

About the instructor: Katherine Laidlaw is a National Magazine Award winning feature writer and essayist based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Outside, The Atlantic, WIRED, and Marie Claire, and she’s a contributing editor at Toronto Life magazine. Her stories have appeared in Best Canadian Sportswriting, Best Canadian Essays, Best American Sportswriting, and Best American Essays. She writes most often on nature, feelings, feminism, and crime.