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Learn Writing Techniques from Barbara Noe Kennedy, former longtime Editor of National Geographic Travel Publishing

The Pizzazz of Writing

THE PIZZAZZ OF WRITING 101 by Barbara Noe Kennedy

WEBINAR DATE: Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 11 AM - 1 PM ET

DURATION:  2 Hours

LOCATION:  Live webinar via Zoom

FEEDBACK:   The last 15 minutes of the lecture will be open to Q&A. Students can also send questions ahead of time, to be addressed during the lecture.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Is your writing dull and lifeless? Do you wonder how successful writers pop their words off the page (or screen)? There are easy ways to spice up your writing—nifty little techniques guaranteed to excite your readers. We’ll skim over them in this quick, two-hour class, with exercises to practice later at home. Whether you’re writing magazine or newspaper features, blog posts, marketing materials, the Great American novel, or something else, this class will bring new sparkle to your writing.

The class is held from 11am-1pm ET, via zoom video webinar. The webinar can be viewed on a tablet, phone, or computer (both Mac and PC).

The instructor will record the class and have it available for anyone who would prefer to view the class at a different time and date.

Format

This course is offered via Zoom webinar. Webinars are workshops given online, where you can view the instructor and websites/materials she shares on her screen, making it an interactive experience. Webinars make learning from your home or office convenient.

testimonials

Your sessions have been invaluable to me. The writing examples and the exercises have resonated with me and led me to explore different approaches to my writing. Your detailed lessons on character, POV, voice, settings have been practical and immediately applicable. I love your Pizzazz approach and the extra oomph it adds. Your feedback and that of my classmates was encouraging and insightful. I couldn't ask for more. ~ Christy Schwan

Barbara was the perfect travel writing teacher. She’s experienced in the industry and appreciates students’ unique voices. She’s very encouraging and worked with me on my first published story. ~ Peter J.

I was privileged to be in Barbara’s Creative Nonfiction writing class at Graduate School USA last spring. I was nervous for my first-ever writing class, but Barbara’s welcoming spirit quickly turned my trepidation into excitement that grew from week to week. She had just the right mix of encouragement and constructive feedback that gelled our small class, helping us learn from one another and begin to formulate our own comments and suggestions on the fly. That is not easy to do with a class of mostly new writers! I also appreciated how she selected readings that prompted us to think about our work differently, while encouraging us to explore topics and areas that spoke to us. I will always be grateful for her support, advice, and enthusiasm about my writing. ~ Andrea L.P.

Besides having a mastery of the subject, Barbara had a distinct rapport with everyone in our class. Her comments and constructive criticism were always right-on. ~ Barry G.

I’ve just completed Barbara Noe Kennedy’s “Travel Writing in a Digital World.” I learned more in this class in six weeks than I did at four writing conferences combined. Barbara is obviously a professional, with a great deal of knowledge and experience. She was completely accessible, and always encouraging. I will watch for more classes from her—and I’ll be the first to sign up! ~ Shirley Drew

Barbara is a top-notch teacher. She uses an excellent mix of hands-on writing skills and real world examples of writing. She helps guide writers without trying to change their style or voice. I learned so much from her class that I use in my personal writing and my professional life. ~ Cat E.

Genuine and kind, Barbara’s skillful instruction inspires. Barbara facilitates a comfortable atmosphere for learning and exploring. ~ Lisa B.

LECTURE AT A GLANCE:

THE PIZZAZZ OF WRITING 101

Duration: 120 minutes

In two short hours, we will explore ways to add excitement to your stories, including texture, language, personality, and some final tips. You will come away with a toolbox full of practical techniques to use on every kind of story you write.

Topics covered include:

  • Color and the five senses
  • Metaphors and similes
  • Miming poets and songwriters
  • Hard-working nouns and verbs
  • The delicate balancing act of adverbs and adjectives
  • Write like you talk
  • Punctuation play
  • Final touches

Materials needed: All written materials and resources are provided by the instructor. She will provide PDFs of sample stories to read ahead of the class.

Barbara Noe Kennedy

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Barbara Noe Kennedy is a former longtime editor with National Geographic Travel Publishing. She currently works as a fulltime freelance travel writer, with credits including Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, London Telegraph, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, BBC Travel, The Points Guy, and more. She also teaches travel writing and creative nonfiction and leads tours.

COST:  $35, which includes one two-hour webinar including a 15-minute Q&A with your instructor.

BUY NOW: THE PIZZAZZ OF WRITING 101 with Barbara Noe Kennedy (Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 11 AM - 1 PM ET) Limit: 20 students. Early registration is recommended.

This class is now closed. Please check out our current list of classes here.

For Webinar Starting 11/16/2022

Notes:  Upon successful completion of payment, your name, email address, and contact info will be submitted to your instructor. Just before class begins, she will e-mail you with instructions on how to get started.

Questions? Email Marcia & Angela at:
classroom[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com

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