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"Writing to Be Heard: Narration, News, and Other Spoken Word" with Ed Ward

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St. Edward's University
Moody Hall 209
Austin, TX 78704

2/8/2014 From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


$49 for members (log in to website for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

Your words have found their way onto the page, but are they ready for their 15 minutes of fame?

With the advent of the internet and the popularity of podcasts, video channels, and other broadcast methods, there are more opportunities for writing the spoken word. In this interactive class, distinguished journalist, critic, rock historian, and NPR contributor Ed Ward will demonstrate the rules of spoken narration. Learn how to adapt your writing for reading aloud.

This workshop is designed for:

-- those wanting to make their prose more rhythmic and read-aloud friendly
-- aspiring radio, TV, or film journalists or critics
-- writers interested in scripting for documentary film, YouTube, or other online series
-- authors or essayists wanting to adapt their prose for radio or podcasts

Ed Ward is the rock and roll historian on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, a position he's held as long as the show's been on. He's been writing about music since he was 16, and his work has appeared in dozens of music magazines, as well as the Wall St. Journal, the New York Times, the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Chronicle, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, among many others. He's the author of Michael Bloomfield: the Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero, co-author of Rock of Ages: the Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, and worked for many years as a disc jockey on JazzRadio Berlin. After 20 years in Europe, he has returned to Austin.

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For more information on class policies, please visit our Classes page.


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