2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Canceled: How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times

Tuesday, March 17
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hyatt Regency Austin
Texas Ballroom 4-7
208 Barton Springs Rd

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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