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Workshop Writing for a Living

August 13, 2018

Have you ever wanted to get published? There’s a huge market for non-fiction articles beyond traditional news stories.

But you need to be able to write clear, concise and informative stories. Whether you want to blog to express your opinions, or do the kind of objective features reporting you read in international media.

This series of four workshops will equip you with the tools you need to both write and pitch your stories to media, or self-publish them online. The series will begin by examining how to find story ideas. Through practical exercises and assignments, participants will learn how to ask targeted questions and interviewing skills, as well as learn the formula behind how to structure a news story. The workshops will equally discuss how to incorporate diversity, context and analysis, as well as how to express personal experiences and opinions effectively through persuasive writing, style and structure. You’ll write your own feature story or blog and have it critiqued as your final assignment.


Workshop schedule

Week 1 How to find story ideas and develop your interviewing skills
Week 2 Expressing your opinion effectively: primers for writing blogs and editorials
Week 3 How to write a soft feature story
Week 4 How to craft a hard news story


The facilitator

These workshops will be taught by Jen Ross, a Chilean-Canadian journalist with more than 20 years of writing and editing experience. She has worked in a variety of newsrooms in Canada and as a freelance foreign correspondent, covering Latin America and the Caribbean for several years. Her stories have been published in hundreds of newspapers, magazines and online media around the world, and her radio and television documentaries have been broadcast widely, in three languages. She also has 10 years of experience working in communications and public information for the United Nations. Currently living in Aruba, she has written two novels, teaches Human Rights at the University of Aruba and now runs her own consultancy with a range of editorial services.


Date: Wednesday August 29th & September 5th, 12th, 19th 2018
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Place: University of Aruba, J.E. Irausquinplein 4
Language: English
Price: 250 AWG
Registration: Center of Lifelong Learning

tel: 526-2258 of 526-2259


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