Monday, March 05, 2007

Storytelling in Alabama

I'm on the road again this week, flying out early tomorrow morning to Atlanta and then driving over to Anniston, Ala., for a narrative writing workshop.

The Call Us Storytellers: A Celebration of Narrative Writing is a joint program of The Anniston Star, The Teaching Newspaper, University of Alabama and Society of Professional Journalists.

The event begins tomorrow afternoon with a lecture by Gay Talese, who is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Wednesday and Thursday programming will feature Rick Bragg and Gay Talese on narrative writing. In addition, we'll have breakout sessions that include:

Rick Bragg on "Writing in Color"
Wilson Lowrey "Is Digital Journalism Community Journalism?"
Andrew Grace on "Documentary Storytelling"
Butler Cain on "Telling Stories with Audio: Small Ways to Make a Big Impression"
Hardy Jackson, head of the history department at Jacksonville State University and other of "Inside Alabama: A Personal History of My State."

I'm equipped with the iPod digital recorder and will be recording audio of programs to post to SPJ Web site.

I'll try to do some live blogging, if time permits; otherwise I'll do some nightly roundups.

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