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Advice to a young writer

By Terry Marotta Columnist, The Citizen of Laconia (N.H.) Last Tuesday a seventh grader named Danielle wrote to the National Society of Newspaper Columnists with some questions about our work. She needed the answers by Friday and was sorry this was so last-minute, but she did hope someone could help her. As a proud member…

Tips for clear and graceful writing

Paula LaRocque: Some tips for clear and graceful writing   Noted writing coach Paula LaRocque brought her years of experience to the 2007 Will Rogers Writers’ Workshop in Oklahoma City where she shared some of her ideas about writing.  Here are a few of her tips to improve your writing:         Keep sentences short. The…

Story of the Logo

Seeking the Story Behind the NSNC Logo By Sheila Moss, NSNC Web Editor With contribution by Jonathan Nicholas, NSNC President, ’96-’97 Have you ever wondered about the NSNC logo? What is it anyhow and where did it come from? A few people have voiced strongly negative feelings about “the head,” while others find it curiously…

Being Funny, Dave Barry-Style

Just Write

By Suzette Martinez Standring Past President, NSNC   Can writers learn to be funny?  To go from giggles to guffaws, is there a formula? On June 22 in Philadelphia, Dave Barry shared humor writing “secrets” before the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Robert Benchley once wrote, “Defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of humorless…

Florida Columnist Lauded By Library Group

They love Mark Lane in Florida.  The longtime columnist for the Daytona Beach News-Journal drew highly favorable comments about his book, “Sandspurs.”  One critic called him “the best thing to come out of Daytona since Bike Week.”  Another noted that “he makes us laugh at our own misadventures.”   Lane was a featured speaker at…

He was down, but never out

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist Secretary, National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation www.yankeecowboy.com   Listen up! If you write a newspaper column that appears three times a week, once a week or once a month, and that’s all you do related to that work, then you, my friend, are dead in the…