Writing and Editing with Lane DeGregory


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Writing and Editing with Lane DeGregory

How to get started on your story, trust yourself and kickstart the writing process.

Type: Webinar

Broadcast date: Aug. 8, 2018

Time estimate: One hour and 15 minutes


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In the end, you have to dive into a cave and carve out the elephant.

In this one hour webinar we will explore different ways of getting started, how to come up with several leads, and land on one that works. We will discuss how to get inside your head, and why it’s sometimes better to ignore your notes.

You will learn rhythm and syntax and how important it is to listen to your words. Finally, we will discuss chopping, whittling and sanding your story to hone it to its most basic form – so you can become your own best editor.

What you will learn:

  • How to kick-start the writing process so you don’t start with a blank screen
  • How to generate and compare different opening paragraphs
  • How to write in blocks, scenes vs. information
  • How to edit your story and make it sing

Who should take this course:

  • Freelance writers
  • Reporters and storytellers
  • Anyone looking for a story to tell

Lane DeGregory

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer who prefers writing about people in the shadows. She went to work with a 100-year-old man who still swept out a seafood warehouse, hung out beneath a bridge with a colony of sex offenders and followed a feral child who was adopted. Her story 2008 story on The Girl in the Window was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for a “moving, richly detailed story of a neglected little girl, found in a roach-infested room, unable to talk or feed herself, who was adopted by a new family committed to her nurturing.”