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SPJ Announces Narrative Writing Workshops

For Immediate Release:

Beth King, APR, Communications Manager (317) 927-8000, ext. 211, bking@spj.org
Heather Porter, Programs Coordinator, (317) 927-8000, ext. 204, hporter@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists announced today two, in a series of six, Narrative Writing Workshops for early career reporters and front line editors from small and mid-size daily newspapers.

Designed to encourage the transformation from inverted pyramid-style writing to the art of storytelling, these full-day workshops are led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Tom Hallman, Jr.

“During the workshop, participants will learn ideas for narrative reporting, the daily get, long form narrative storytelling and strategies to take back to the newsroom,” Hallman, Jr. said. “Narrative writing is a true gift and I look forward to teaching my craft to future narrative writers.”

In 2001, Hallman, Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for his series of articles in The Oregonian. Additionally, he has been the recipient of every major writing award for journalism, including multiple American Society of Newspaper Editors awards, a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, a National Headliner Award and a Nixon National Writing Award. A reporter for more than 25 years, Hallman, Jr. has been at The Oregonian since 1980.

Narrative Writing Workshops cost $35 for SPJ members and $50 for non-members. Late fees shall apply for registrations received less than two weeks before each workshop date. The first two workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 in Indianapolis at the Society of Professional Journalists headquarters and on Saturday, May 23 at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

For complete details or to register, visit www.spj.org/nww.asp or call Heather Porter at (317) 927-8000, ext. 204.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.


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