How to Use Detail in Your Writing

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Course Overview

How to Use Detail in Your Writing
Originally Broadcast On:
May 05, 2011
Time Estimate:
1 hour and 15 minutes

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In a crowded media world, how do you make your stories distinctive? Powerful, telling details will hook your audience and keep them engaged in your story. Using details is more than listing what a mayor or CEO is wearing, but highlighting the message she sends with the tone of her voice, the raising of an eyebrow, the painting on her office wall.

Every conversation and moment you cover can yield powerful details. In this Webinar, you’ll learn how to collect and select details that turn routine reporting into powerful storytelling.

What Will I Learn:
  • Why details matter to your story -- no matter how routine the assignment
  • Where to find details when reporting on the scene
  • How to gather and organize details
  • How to discern which details are relevant and serve your story
  • Lessons from some of the best examples of detail-rich narrative journalism
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who wants to tell powerful stories with distinctive details.

Course Instructor:

Steven Gray

Steven Gray is a Washington correspondent for TIME Magazine. In August 2009, he opened Time Inc.’s Detroit Bureau as correspondent for TIME, which he joined as a reporter in August 2007. Previously, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

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