Writing It Right

The Atlanta Press Club and Kennesaw State University Master of Professional Writing Program Present:


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Session 1: Pitch Perfect: How to Hit a Home Run with Your Story Ideas
Presented by H. M. Cauley

Pitching is an essential skill, whether you are a freelancer or staff writer.  This seminar will explore the basics of composing the perfect profile that gets your project noticed and published. Cauley’s pitches have been accepted by numerous publications, and her seminar will focus on the elements that made those pitches successful.  Participants will explore the “pitch” through the various lenses, including the significance of the topic and its contexts.  The seminar will also focus on the importance of audience and medium, key elements to grabbing an editor’s attention.

Presenter Bio: An Atlanta-based freelancer since 1990, Cauley has written on a range of topics for local and national publications and is the author of three Atlanta/Georgia guidebooks. She is a 2012 graduate of the MAPW program and one of Kennesaw State’s first Clendenin Fellows, and expects to graduate in May with a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Georgia State.


Session 2: Words Count: Editing for Clarity and Compression
Presented by Lynn Salsi

Lynn Salsi loves wrestling with sentences. This workshop grows out of her extensive experience as a journalist, biographer, folklorist and professor.  Salsi notes that “self-editing separates the pros from the novices.” In this workshop, participants will learn how to edit for concise and clear sentences and how to organize paragraphs for effective copy-fitting. This seminar will also focus on compression, thinking in synopsis form and the importance of word choice.  The workshop will provide a detailed content analysis showing how the same sentence can be written in many different ways with many different outcomes.  The workshop is designed to prepare participants to write effectively while adhering to the exact, assigned word count. 

Presenter Bio: Lynn Salsi is a full-time writer, teacher, speaker, and storyteller. She has a passion for Southern subjects and brings a unique point of view to every presentation. Salsi received the American Library Association Notable Book Award; she is also a Pulitzer Nominee. She is best known for her work on the Jack stories, Appalachian stories, southern history, and narrative across media.


Session 3: Shaping Language: Getting Grammar Right
Presented by Jeanne Bohannon

From participial phrases to nominative absolutes, this seminar will focus on combining technical and creative skills to address multiple audiences while developing voice and monitoring tone. Participants will have a chance to apply a variety of techniques using unorthodox and entertaining methods to learn skills that not only improve communication but also lead to more satisfying lives. By gaining an understanding of the social implications of grammatical choices, participants will develop a new appreciation for the nuts and bolts of the English language.

Presenter Bio: Jeanne Law Bohannon is an assistant professor of English and early career distinguished faculty at Kennesaw State University. She teaches courses in rhetorical grammar, research methods, and digital rhetoric. Her research interests include conducting empirical studies in information literacies; performing linguistic and rhetorical recoveries of underrepresented populations; and evaluating democratic-engagement learning in college writing.


Saturday, February 25
8:30 a.m. – Registration
9 a.m. – Session 1
10:15 a.m. – Session 2
11:30 a.m. – Session 3
12:30 p.m.  – Workshop ends

Food and beverage will not be provided, please feel free to bring your own!

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
223 Perimeter Center Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30346


$20 Members, $40 Nonmembers 

Register online or call us at 404-577-7377.