Pro Tips: Writing Workshop 2019

Whether you’re a journalist or a nonfiction author–or you aspire to be one–you’ll leave this half-day workshop with concrete skills that will help you take your work to the next level.

Planned sessions include How to get people to read what you write–and then do what you want, with former New York Times op-ed editor Trish Hall, the author of “Writing to Persuade”; Writing tips you’ll use forever, with L.A. Times Column One editor and writing coach Steve Padilla; and How to publish a best-selling book: Two agents & one author share their tips, with literary agents Gail Ross, of the Ross Yoon Agency; Raphael Sagalyn, of ICM/Sagalyn; and New York Times best-selling author Lynne Olson.

Participants will create the program that best suits their interests and needs by choosing from concurrent sessions during each hour-long timeslot, such as:

  • Making every word count (on a deadline). Learn to write tight, clean prose under pressure.
  • The art of self-editing. 10 things you can do to clean up your copy right now.
  • When you really are the story. When and how to write from personal experience.
  • Magazine writing: Make the leap. What makes magazine features different from other types of longform nonfiction, and how to crack the code.

The workshop will be held on Friday, November 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $50 for National Press Club members and $75 for the general public. Workshop participants also gain admission that evening to the 42nd annual Book Fair and Authors Night, a D.C. tradition and fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute presented in partnership with landmark local bookseller Politics & Prose. Come meet your favorite authors and browse for books in a variety of genres at the Club’s headquarters from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

**Please note**: No outside books or other author & book paraphernalia are allowed into the Fair. All books must be purchased onsite.


The National Press Club Journalism Institute promotes an engaged global citizenry through an independent and free press, and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement. As the non-profit of the National Press Club, the Institute serves as a beacon for journalism in the public interest.

For more information, contact Andie Coller at [email protected]