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Award Winning Narrative Journalist Frank Owen Will Present Workshop While In Residency at The Studios of Key West
Before heading to St. Petersburg, Russia to start work on his next book about Cybercrime, critically acclaimed investigative reporter Frank Owen, author of “Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture” and “No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth”, will spend a week as writer in residence and workshop presenter at TSKW, generously sponsored by Coffee Plantation Internet Cafe.
Owen, a regular contributor to Playboy and Maxim, will share his evolution from music critic for Spin magazine and the Village Voice to award winning reporter. Through his eye opening style of narrative journalism and storytelling charm, Owen will present a two day workshop on Thursday, January 7 from 10 – 4 pm and Friday, January 8 from 1-4 pm. The workshop is open to all levels of interest and writing experience, and equally geared to the internet generation. Two hours on Thursday from 10 – 12 noon is an open free lecture for the public. Reservations are appreciated, please call the TSKW Office at 296-0458.
Owens will discuss the challenges and dangers of writing about true crime in the explosive age of the internet. The lecture will be followed by a catered lunch included in the workshop enrollment. The cost of the two day experience is $120 for TSKW members and $145 for Non-members. Unlike traditional true crime reporting which depends heavily on law enforcement sources, Owen writes about crime from the street level, often relying on the criminals themselves to tell their own story. “I’ve been lied to more often by prosecutors and cops than by criminals”, says Owens.
Owen will discuss some of the recent articles including stories about the Craigslist crime wave, the U.S. Coast Guard’s hunt for Columbian cocaine submarines and his award-winning piece about the murder of Denver medical marijuana activist Ken Gorman to analyze them for structure and narrative flow. Participants in the workshop will learn the process of writing a story from the initial idea through the reporting and interviewing, finishing with how to turn the raw material into an entertaining and dramatic narrative.