Reporting and Writing Scenes

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October 20, 2011 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Reporting and Writing Scenes
Originally Broadcast On:
October 20, 2011
Time Estimate:
One hour and 15 minutes

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Powerful, descriptive scenes can drive your storytelling, helping readers connect emotionally with the people and places in your tale. Whether you are tackling concise descriptions in Twitter updates or fully developed scenes in long-form narratives, you will find that a cinematic approach to storytelling will resonate with readers — much needed in a time when there’s intense competition for their attention.

What Will I Learn:
  • Reporting techniques to help you get the details you need for scenes
  • Focusing techniques to help you select scenes that develop your theme
  • Writing techniques to help you add rhythm, pacing and emotion to your scenes
  • How to use character, dialogue, detail, movement and sense of place to build your scenes
  • How to edit and revise your scenes to make them more powerful
Who Should Take this Course:

Writers and reporters looking for ways to enrich their stories.

Course Instructor:

Tom Huang

Tom Huang is Sunday & Enterprise Editor at The Dallas Morning News and Adjunct Faculty member of The Poynter Institute, where he oversees the school’s writing program. He has worked at The Dallas Morning News since 1993, first as a feature writer, then as features editor, and now as the Sunday Page One editor. At Poynter, he teaches seminar sessions in ethics, diversity, writing and leadership issues, and he was co-editor of Poynter’s Best Newspaper Writing book for 2008-2009. You can follow him on Twitter at @tomthuang.

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