Interviews, insights, invaluable information...
- Do you want to write great profiles?
- Do you know how to get into the mind of your interview subject?
- Can you get to the real guts of their story?
- Are you asking the right questions to get the best answers?
- Learn how to create compelling articles from a seasoned expert!
Attention magazine freelance writers. This is an opportunity for you to learn from one of the best profile writers in Australia. David Leser has been writing profiles for more than two decades for Australian and overseas publications. He has penned portraits on everyone from the Dalai Lama to Alan Jones; Meryl Streep to Gina Rinehart; Helen Garner to Carla Bruni, Ingrid Betancourt to Julian Assange.
Impressive, right? But hey, they’re just people – and the same set of rules apply whether they are a high-profile celebrity, CEO or a humble farmhand with a great story to tell.
In this three-hour presentation, David will help hone your skills in the art of feature profile writing and what it takes to bring a person’s life to the page (and leap off it!).
"David was an excellent presenter. He was very insightful, has immense experience in this space and was very approachable in his style. He brought the material to life and I walked away feeling like I understood the subject more and learned a lot from him. It was excellent, I'm so glad I attended!” - Georgia Siabanis
"David was an excellent presenter. He was very insightful, has immense experience in this space and was very approachable in his style. He brought the material to life and I walked away feeling like I understood the subject more and learned a lot from him. It was excellent, I'm so glad I attended!”
- Georgia Siabanis
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- How to write a compelling profile.
- Finding the right voice for a particular story (they will differ).
- How to best pace a story (meter and internal rhythm).
- Finding the way in to a story (how to write a good lead to grab your readers’ interest).
- How to best use quotes, metaphors and similes.
- How to be tough when necessary, but also fair and scrupulous.
- The importance of good research: what to keep in a story and what to discard.
- Checking (and protecting) sources.
- Examining the motivation of your subject and of those who talk to you about them.
Please note: This is an intermediate course for graduates of Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1, Travel Writing, Food Writing, or anyone who’s had some experience writing for magazines. As such, it already assumes you know the basics on how to pitch to editors.
As this course is focused on David’s experiences in profile writing, it is structured differently to our other courses. It gives you the chance to be in a small group and tap into the experiences and insight of one of Australia’s top feature writers. While you will not have the opportunity to workshop your writing during the three hours, you WILL learn valuable wisdom from the best in the business – entertained and inspired by David's stories and professional journey.
How does the online version of the course work?
Due to its presentation-style format, online users will get just as much from this course as those attending in person. Purchasing the online version gives you instant access to David's full presentation, which has been professionally filmed and presented in six modules for you to enjoy at your pace.
"It was great to gain insight from David's skill and expertise. He also shared his own story and the way he blended together skill development and anecdotes was wonderful. I could have listened for hours more." - Sarah Wayland
"It was great to gain insight from David's skill and expertise. He also shared his own story and the way he blended together skill development and anecdotes was wonderful. I could have listened for hours more."
- Sarah Wayland
About David Leser
David Leser is an award-winning feature writer who has worked for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, HQ, The Bulletin, Good Weekend, Australian Women’s Weekly, Vanity Fair, Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He has also worked as a Washington and Jerusalem-based correspondent.
He is a prominent Australian journalist, author and public interviewer. David is widely known in Australia for his in-depth profiles and stories on social and political issues.
David is the author of seven books including his 2014 memoir, To Begin To Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father, a deeply moving and searingly honest memoir about fathers and sons. He is Executive Producer of the documentary Paul Kelly: Stories of Me.
He is a four times Walkley Finalist and Walkley Winner for Feature Writing for “Who’s Afraid of Alan Jones.” He has also won three Magazine Publishers Association Awards.