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Tuesday, March 17 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Canceled: How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times

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In the digital age, short writing is king. Short forms of writing have always existed, from ships' logs and telegrams to prayers and haiku. But in the age of blogs, text messages, and social networks, short-form writing has become an essential skill. This session will explore methods and strategies for writing short reports and narratives, titles and headlines, sales pitches and slogans, tweets and updates, and even profiles for online dating services. With powerful examples drawn from both contemporary and traditional sources, writers and editors will leave with sharp tools for their workbench: the power of emphatic word order, the need for selection and not compression, the energy of putting odd and interesting things next to each other in a text. There is "no dumping" allowed for good writers. Every piece of writing, no matter how short, should be the product of craft.

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Roy Peter Clark

VP & Sr Scholar, The Poynter Institute
Roy Peter Clark is senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world. He has taught writing at every level -- to schoolchildren and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors -- for more than thirty years. A writer who teaches and a teacher... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Hyatt Regency Austin Texas Ballroom 4-7

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