Write Tight: How to Cut Wasted Words and Write to Your Video

This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
February 12, 2014 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Write Tight: How to Cut Wasted Words and Write to Your Video
Originally Broadcast On:
February 12, 2014
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Viewers do not want your stories to waste their time. But words and phrases that don't move the story along, or duplicate what the viewer sees in your video, take up precious time without adding any value.

In this Webinar, Poynter's Al Tompkins will show you how to write tight and get to the point so you have time for the good stuff--and keep your viewers tuned in.

Brevity does not have to mean the story is light on information. The key, as you will learn, is to make the words, pictures and sounds in your story weave together. We will show you lots of story examples so you can put what you've learned to work right away.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to keep your lead from becoming a writer's junkyard full of useless adjectives and obvious facts
  • How to stay narrowly and deeply focused
  • The difference between energetic verbs that push information and flabby verbs that go nowhere
  • How to help words, natural sound and video work together to tell a richer story
  • The key to great narration--a simple numbering system that gets your sentence order right
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, writers and others looking for ways to write well, focus their stories quickly and use the best words to tell their stories better.

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