Masterclass | MARK KRAMER


A Hands-on narrative-projects masterclass with Mark Kramer | 16th May 2–5 PM, De Groene Amsterdammer

This masterclass offers personal feedback to up to maximum ten writers/podcastmakers/documentarists/newspaper storytellers in a special extra three-hour session preceding the ‘True Stories: Beyond the Bubble’ conference. It is intended for experienced journalists currently working on long-form projects in all media, or who have a project in mind and wish to work out its feasibility and structure.

The masterclass starts with a brief exposition of some key concepts that will help you edit as you write, and then share each others work, commenting separately and cumulatively, while gathering in writing techniques and perspectives on developing your work. Specific critique of submitted work will be offered, but everyone learns from everyone else’s ongoing work.

Mark Kramer is one of narrative journalism’s most celebrated teachers and thinkers. As a professor, editor and workshop and conference leader, he has helped hundreds of international journalists steer their projects to publication – articles, books, podcasts and documentaries.

How to prepare for this? Participants are expected to send the following in advance, with permission to share it confidentially with others in the group. We’ll all agree not to discuss it outside of this masterclass.

  1. A brief project description and your thoughts about where it might go + a brief biography of yourself (max two DOUBLE SPACED pages)
  2. Two or three opening pages of the text (max four DOUBLE SPACED pages) at least machine-translated into English or a one to two minute audio or visual recording of the work in progress or a like sample.

To apply for this masterclass book your ticket here and send an e-mail to: (in English) with the project description and the sample pages or a one to two minute audio or visual recording of the work in progress or a like sample.

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This masterclass is part of the conference True Stories: Beyond the Bubble which also include include panel discussions and some incredible speakers. The conference will start on Thursday May 16th with a series of industry workshops and a thrilling debate on where the line is and should be between journalism and storytelling. On Friday May 17th, some of Europe’s today’s leading narrative journalists and makers will host sessions discussing their own experiences and productions. Amongst them we have Mimi Lok, executive director of Voice of Witness, which she co-founded with Dave Eggers; documentary maker and sound artist Hana Walker Brown, who make the compelling audio documentary These Roads and journalist Thomas Rueb, who wrote the award-winning book Laura H.. Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed will close this year’s conference with a very special bonus-lecture on Saturday May 18th. 

Event Details

Date: 2019-05-16

Start time: 14:00

End time: 17:00

Venue: De Groene Amsterdammer

Directions: Singel 464 1017AW Amsterdam


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