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Interviewing Skills for Writers and Bloggers – Half Day Workshop

  • 2018-08-16 | 13:45 - 17:45
  • His Lordships Library at The Orwell Hotel

    Hamilton Road


    IP11 7DX
  • FREE
  • Rachel Sloane

Interviewing Skills for Writers and Bloggers

A half-day workshop to help participants learn how to prepare to carry out an interview to use for quotes, how to do an interview, achieving the results required, therefore maximising the chances of achieving positive publicity.

This event can be a great additional workshop to the Writing Skills Workshop, also being held at The Orwell Hotel, but in the morning of the the 16th August, please see this link for more information. You can book on both work shops if you wish to creat a full day of useful writing and interviewing techniques.

Content of Workshop


13:45-14:00 Registration, Tea and Coffee


• Welcome, H&S and Growth Hub ‘Who are we and how can we help’


• Introductions (as interviews)
• Ways to use interviews
• What makes a good story/relevant interviewee?
• Defining your key messages
• Planning an interview

15:45-16:00 Refreshment break


• Practice interviews
• Using interviews and quotes in articles
• Using quotes for social media
• What now? How are you going to use your new writing skills?

17:30-17:45* Q&A

17:45 Close

*This event will provide 3 hours and 15 minutes of information, diagnostic and brokerage support and advice. This event is only able to be free due to ERDF Funding.

Course Objectives
At the end of the sessions each participant will:
• Be able to identify what makes a good and relevant interviewee
• Understand the need for balance and fairness
• Know how to identify and use client/customer endorsements
• Be able to plan an interview and successfully carry it out
• Know how to write-up an interview or use quotes
• Understand the needs of different audiences
• Have learnt tips from a professional and experienced interviewer

Participants will each receive a pack of specially written course support.

To book this event click here, or copy this link: http://bit.ly/InterviewingSkillsWB into your browser bar.

Workshop Facilitator/Trainer – Rachel Sloane – www.rachelsloane.co.uk
Rachel is an award-winning broadcaster in both commercial radio and BBC local radio, who produces corporate and training videos and writes features and reviews for magazines, newspapers and websites.

A qualified trainer (City and Guilds 730 – Further Education Teachers Certificate) she has over thirty-five years’ experience of training adults through the lively, challenging but enjoyable, practical workshops.

She is the author of the training e-book “The Useful Guide to Handling the Press and Media” (publisher: The Business Learning Foundation). Rachel has an established profile as an after-dinner and conference speaker, and as a cruise ship lecturer. She gives ongoing publicity support to the High Sheriff of Suffolk, Suffolk Community Foundation and the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.


What do I need to bring?

Pens and pads will be provided, but if you prefer a certain pen, lined paper or a certain type of book or notepad to take your notes please bring these with you.

This will be a group activity event with tasks and you are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet, but please be advised that you will need to bring these ready charged. Also some keyboard can be distracting to other people, so please be aware you may be asked to stop using them if they distract other attendees.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

You can access The Orwell via public transport, predominantly the Felixstowe train station is directly across the road from the venue, within easy walking distance.

The Orwell Hotel also has a large and free car park. If this is full for any reason, pay and display car parks are available around the town, please check on line if you wish to be sure of the nearest suitable car park.

I want to book for more than one person from my company?

Due to the popularity of these events we are only able to allow one person per company to attend. However, please email naghmarketing@newanglia.co.uk, if you wish a colleague to attend as well and if we have cancellations we will notify you immediately on a first come, first served basis to offer another ticket.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email naghmarketing@newanglia.co.uk if you have any questions or queries.

What will be done with the information I supply?

Your information will be stored on eventbrite according to eventbrites terms and conditions. Upon arrival you will be required to sign in on our attendance sheet, this is to provide evidence of your attendance and will be kept on server as evidence for our ERDF funding. After your attendance will be stored on the secure Growth Hub CRM system. This is required in order to provide evidence of your attendance and eligibility for the course. This will be kept to the statutory dates any only accessible to Growth Programme and authorised personnel. If you request further contact from an adviser post this event they will use this information to contact you and log any future interactions, again to evidence for ERDF funding.

Your information will not be given to any third parties without your permission.

Any paperwork completed by you for the course (activities, group work etc.) is yours to keep unless you wish the trainer or the Growth Hub to hold these for you, for which we will ask you to sign.

Will lunch be provided?

As this is a half day event, we are unable to offer lunch within the event. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available upon arrival and at break though.

However, The Orwell will be able to offer a menu if you wish to pre book lunch at the venue. Please contact The Orwell directly for this option.

Alternatively they do provide lunch on site everyday or there are many other cafes and facilities in the surrounding area if you require them.

  • Who Should Attend

    The course is suitable for business owners, managers or employees who are, or may be, required to write promotion material, press releases, articles or online content.


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