Well Told Conference

The UK's first conference about longform and narrative journalism

27&28 May 2017, central London

27 & 28 May 2017
Central London
£125 (Earlybird price)

Longform and narrative journalism

The rise in longform journalism - and with it the growing awareness of narrative journalism - represents the most exciting and rewarding future for readers, viewers and watchers. The same is true for journalists and publishers. Instead of being confined to a vanilla news voice, narrative journalists use all the techniques of storytelling - including character, place, scenes, suspense and surprise - while always being committed to telling the truth. Well Told will be hosting some of the most talented reporters, authors, documentarians and podcasters, who will talk about the skills which make their work stand out.

Why London?

There is magnificent longform and narrative work done in the UK media. But it often goes uncelebrated. Well Told aims to correct that, and give working journalists from all over the country a chance to learn from each other and support the development of longform and narrative work.


Well Told will take place in Marylebone on Saturday 27 May and at the London College of Communication at Elephant & Castle on Sunday 28 May. Sessions will include:

* Making longform multimedia

* From reporter to author

* The challenge of populism

* Secrets of online engagement

* Narrative reporting in a day

* The beauty of narrative podcasts

* handling complex subjects

* going it alone

* Narrative shortform videos


Speakers include

Ed Caesar

Feature writer, contributor to The New Yorker, NYT Magazine, Atlantic, GQ

Emma Jane Kirby

Broadcaster and author of 'The Optician of Lampedusa'

Catarina Fernandes Martins

Reporter, writer, radio and multimedia producer

Mark Kramer

Author, 'Telling True Stories: A non-fiction writer's guide'

Eleanor McDowall

Series producer of Radio 4's Short Cuts

Tom French

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author

Manveen Rana

Peabody-winning producer of Radio 4's 'A New Life in Europe: The Dhnie Family'

Kelley Benham

Pulitzer-nominated author of 'Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon'

More speakers to be announced soon...

Share your best work

Our mission is to get the UK media to treat narrative journalism with the respect it deserves. So our blog is featuring some of the best examples from the UK media - as selected by the team behind @Queue_Reads. If you've done something you're proud of, let us know here.

Our Backers

We are delighted to have the support of BBC News, the London College of Communication, the Frontline Club, and Delayed Gratification magazine. If your organisation or firm would like to join our supporters, please get in touch.

Our Sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors Shorthand and Harpoon Productions for their support of Well Told which is helping make the event possible. You can find out about them by clicking on their images.