Making Truth Better Than Fiction Masterclass with Omar Mouallem

Learn how to apply literary techniques to craft riveting nonfiction from nationally acclaimed nonfiction author and filmmaker Omar Mouallem

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July 16, 2023
Sunday, 12pm–3pm EST (9am–12pm Pacific)

Department: Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Omar Mouallem

Format: 3-hr. masterclass + replay

Author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker Omar Mouallem explains how to craft a riveting true story with nothing but the facts and an arsenal of questions. You’ll learn to apply literary techniques to journalism and historical nonfiction that holds up to The New Yorker’s fact checkers. He’ll teach you simple strategies for reconstructing scenes from research notes and memory, transforming interview subjects into complex characters, and using structure to reinforce themes and tension.


Live 3-hr lesson (with break) with Q&A; password to re-watch the webinar anytime you want; a tip-sheet on crafting your next feature article.


After checkout, you’ll receive a receipt with a link to download your tickets, which will include Zoom passcodes and additional webinar information. You will also receive an emailed reminder a few days before the event.


This webinar is designed for live participation but a recording of the webinar will be provided to all registrants to stream if they’re unable to attend in full or wish to view it again. Closed captioning is also available for both live and recorded video, however, it’s auto-generated and subject to error.


In addition to founding Pandemic University School of Writing, Omar Mouallem is an author, journalist and filmmaker. He’s contributed stories to The Guardian, WIRED, and and received three National Magazine Awards and other honours. Several of his articles have been adapted into books and movies, including Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas, which was named one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2021. He also wrote, directed and produced The Lebanese Burger Mafia, a film hailed by enRoute magazine as one of the best Canadian food documentaries.



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