Hey, columnists! What’s your (writing) problem?

 Do your leads lack punch? Do your kickers fall flat? Or are you having trouble with that big bunch of words that goes in the middle of your column? 

Get a personalized solution to vanquish whatever writing issues vex you, whether it’s writers’ block, making deadline or just getting your editors to cooperate. Renowned writing coach Don Fry is offering four, individual 15-minute coaching sessions during the Rebound in Motown conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. 

Fry, a former Poynter Institute faculty member, is the co-author of “Coaching For Writers,” editor of several editions of “Best Newspaper Writing” and “Believing the News (Poynter Institute Ethics Center Report).” Along with the individual sessions, Fry will be on hand offering two all-conference workshops — “What Makes Good Columns Good?” and “Survival Skills for Columnists” on the Saturday program. For more information on Don and his writing tips, check out his blog at http://donfry.wordpress.com/ 

Charge for the coaching sessions is a mere $25 donation to the NSNC Scholarship fund, due at the conference. If you’re interested, email conference host Brian O’Connor at oconnor.brian.j@gmail.com by June 10. The lucky four will be drawn at random and asked to email up to four recent samples for Don to preview before you meet.

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