The Writing Process: Improve Your Writing in Five Steps

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The Writing Process: Improve Your Writing in Five Steps
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Break free of predictable writing — and habits — and rediscover the power of your craft. Let award-winning writers, editors and coaches from The Poynter Institute help you in this unique e-learning program.

Has your writing become formulaic and predictable? The on-demand video replays in this series will help you rediscover the power of your craft, one step at a time.

This five-part series will help you generate better story ideas, collect stronger details, find your focus, build clear structure and revise your writing. No matter what you write, we'll help you hone your voice and elevate your storytelling. You can buy each replay for just $29.95 or purchase the entire series at a discount rate of $99.

Presentations in this series:

Generating Story Ideas: Seeing the Stories All Around You with Alexandra Zayas, a general assignment reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Zayas introduces you to proven techniques that will help you recognize and refine your best story ideas.

Hunt and Gather Details for Your Stories with Tom French, teacher and facilitator at The Poynter Institute and at Indiana University's journalism school. French teaches you how to research and report the kinds of human detail and vivid scenes that will make your writing come alive.

Finding the Heart of the Story with Tom Huang, Sunday and enterprise editor at The Dallas Morning News and adjunct faculty member of The Poynter Institute. Huang guides you through essential writing techniques that produce compelling, sharply focused stories with strong underlying themes.

Planning and Drafting Your Story with Roy Peter Clark, writing instructor since 1979, vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute. Clark shows you how to draft your story using a quick plan that outlines the most important parts.

Mastering the Craft of Revision with Chip Scanlan, reporting, writing and editing faculty affiliate at The Poynter Institute. Scanlan offers revision techniques that will help you identify problems in your stories and make the changes, big and small, that will make your writing stand out.

Who should take these courses?

Authors, writers, reporters, communications professionals and anyone who wants to write with confidence and tell more powerful stories.