Channeling Elmore Leonard: How to make a story hum

  • Event: 2014 Wyoming Watchdog Workshop
  • Speaker: Ken Armstrong of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Apr. 12 at 10:30am
  • Location: Classroom Building, Room 214
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

What good is all that reporting if your writing fails to grab and hold? Create suspense. Use dialogue. Shift perspective. Experiment with Chekhov's gun, but beware of bullets (the newspaper kind). And whatever you do: Skip the boring parts.

Speaker Bios

  • Ken Armstrong is a senior reporter at ProPublica. Previous stops: The Marshall Project, Seattle Times & Chicago Tribune, where his work helped prompt the governor to halt executions and empty death row. He’s won Pulitzers for investigative reporting and explanatory reporting, and shared in two staff Pulitzers for breaking news. He’s won six IRE Awards, a Peabody for radio, an Edgar for books, and a lifetime achievement award from Columbia. Twitter: @bykenarmstrong

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