Poynter, Washington Post to Host Public Writing Workshop

Writers Bob Woodward, David Finkel, DeNeen Brown and Ezra Klein are featured among all-star lineup

May 09, 2013, 16:31 ET from The Poynter Institute

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Poynter Institute, one of the country's top journalism training centers, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post will partner on a writing workshop designed to help writers of all experience levels improve their skills. Featuring some of the Post's most successful reporters and authors, and led by Poynter senior scholar and longtime writing coach, Roy Peter Clark, "Write Your Heart Out, Washington" will be held at The Washington Post, in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 18, from 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.

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"This is a workshop designed to benefit all writers," said Clark. "Good writing is not magic; it's a craft, a set of steps. Those steps can be perfected by new writers or veterans, by amateurs or professionals, by a journalist writing a first book or a grandmother working on a family history. Some of the country's finest are sharing their secrets in support of a community of writers."

"Write Your Heart Out, Washington" will feature a series of presentations with many opportunities for audience members to ask questions. The lineup features:

Roy Peter Clark, Poynter Senior Scholar, has written or edited 15 books on writing and journalism, the most influential being "Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer."

David Finkel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and writer for The Washington Post. He has reported from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, and across the United States. His new book, "Thank You for Your Service," is due in October.

Bob Woodward is one of America's preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors. Woodward has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter, and is currently an associate editor.

DeNeen L. Brown is an award-winning staff writer for The Washington Post's Magazine and Style Section. She has worked in a range of positions at the Post, writing about the middle class, culture and urban gentrification.

Ezra Klein is a columnist and editor at The Washington Post, as well as a policy analyst for MSNBC and a contributor to Bloomberg. His work focuses on domestic and economic policymaking.

The presenters will address a list of topics, to include Writing Tools; Reporting for Story; Narratives With Impact; and Hard Facts, Easy Reading, among many others.

This is the third workshop Poynter has hosted in Washington D.C. with The Washington Post. Past events garnered positive reviews:

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for the variety of presenters – and such a high caliber! They were engaging, knowledgeable and informative. This seminar was excellent."

"Great event! Thank you for providing access to some of the country's finest writers and reporters."

"Outstanding forum. Well worth the investment of time and cost. Sparked much thought and creative energy."

Tickets for "Write Your Heart Out, Washington" are $200, which includes lunch. The workshop will be held at The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW (between L St & M St), Washington, D.C. Seating is limited. For more information, to inquire about student discounts or to register, please visit www.poynter.org/writeyourheartoutwashington or call 888-769-6837.

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