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Saturday, March 21 • 10:10am - 11:10am
Literary Forensics (Materials Required: See Description)

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This hands-on workshop will introduce a simple technique that lets you identify your own writing habits at a granular level. It focuses on how grammar and syntax can either help or undermine the power of our stories — and helps you see specifically how you use those foundational tools of writing. It give writers an effective way to self-edit, tighten, fact-check and polish up their drafts into clear, lean finished stories. It gives editors more  constructive language to use when discussing a draft, and md efficient way to tackle edits on deadline.
Writers: Bring printouts of two to three pieces of your original writing. These should be drafts or finished pieces that have not been heavily keyboard edited or rewritten. The stories can be of most any length and genre, but ideally will be the kind of work you most typically do. (Super-short news stories or social media posts aren’t as useful.)
Editors: Bring printouts of two or three pieces of original writing from a reporter you work with regularly.
All: Bring three colored highlighters, each a different color.
NOTE: These pieces won’t be shared or seen by anyone else, so don’t fret about whether they are “good enough.”

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Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski recently retired as the endowed Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism, and is a faculty fellow at the Poynter Institute. She won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for “AIDS in the Heartland,” a series about a gay farm couple facing... Read More →

Saturday March 21, 2020 10:10am - 11:10am PDT
East Balcony

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