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How to Write Factual Longform

Instructive tales from leading writers

We are proud to launch The Long Lede – a mentoring program that will nurture emerging talent and foster connections in Australian factual longform writing.

Join us for an evening with five acclaimed writers who will demystify the practice of factual longform writing and share stories behind their best works – from books and online articles to pieces printed in revered journalistic magazines.

Speakers Rebecca Huntley, Rick Morton, Amanda Hooton and Mahmood Fazal will each give a mini-masterclass. They will cover topics such as developing ideas, building trust with sources, collecting facts and story lines and structuring them into gripping narratives to hold your reader’s coveted attention.

Applications for The Long Lede initiative open 11 May. Ten successful applicants will each work on a 5000-word piece of longform writing with the help of a mentor and will have the chance to publish their work in a Penguin Random House anthology. They will also attend a series of masterclasses taught by the best in the business. The program will run from October 2022 to April 2023.

The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas is proud to be partnering with Penguin Random House and Copyright Agency on The Long Lede.

For queries on how to apply for The Long Lede, contact enquiries@jninstitute.org

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Meet Your Host

Nick Bryant

Nick Bryant (host) is a features writer, broadcaster and the host of Journo, a podcast by the Judith Neilson Institute. He has reported around the world for the BBC, most recently from the US during Trump’s presidency. Nick is a regular contributor to longform outlets such as The Monthly and has authored three nonfiction books.

Nick Bryant