This seminar will take place from Thursday, November 10 to Sunday, November 13, 2022 at the Poynter Campus in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Live teaching sessions, small group workshops and writing time will take up much of each day. In order to concentrate and get the most out of the seminar, participants will be asked to devote their full attention to the seminar and to take time off from work.
Below is a tentative schedule and it is subject to change. All times are listed in Eastern Time.
Thursday, November 10
6:00 p.m. — Arrival of participants at the Poynter Institute
6:05 p.m. — Reception and dinner
7:00 p.m. — Welcome and introductions to “The Real Me”
7:30 p.m. — Opinion Writing in the Digital Age: This session will inspire and highlight the relevance of bringing diverse voices to opinion writing across all platforms; identify barriers, both internal and external, that prevent people of color from publishing their opinion; explore ways to overcome barriers and be more effective in presenting and promoting our opinion pieces; and help participants spark and develop an idea to write about.
8:30 p.m. — Return to the hotel
Friday November 11
8:00 a.m. — Shuttle to Poynter
8:30 a.m. — Keys to Effective Opinion Writing: This session explores the inner workings of opinion writing. What ingredients do you need for an effective piece? How has opinion writing expanded to include analysis, perspective, personal essay, artistic and cultural criticism? Discuss the difference between voice and opinion. What is the role of reporting in writing an effective review? What is the role of persuasion? There is a difference between giving your opinion and having people listen to you.
10:00 a.m. — Break
10:15 a.m. — The Power of Social Media: Use social media to gain trust, build your brand, showcase your ideas and engage in conversation. If you want to get people talking, how do you prepare the ground? How do you share your work and participate in discussions in a way that showcases your credibility and integrity?
11:45 a.m. — Group photo
Noon — Lunch
1:00 p.m. — Session to be determined
2:30 p.m. — Break
2:45 p.m. — Writing time: Set a word count of 700-800 for early drafts.
4:00 pm — Small Group Critiques: In their small groups, each participant will read their draft and receive feedback from the coach and group.
5 p.m. — Return to the hotel, free evening
Saturday November 12
8:00 a.m. — Shuttle to Poynter
8:30 a.m. — Writing the Personal Essay: This session introduces the concept of writing from your own experience; it can be a columnar writing or a longer writing.
10 a.m. — Break
10:15 a.m. — Session to be determined
11:45 a.m. — Lunch
12:30 p.m. — Find the focus: Find the heart of your story through five targeted questions; use concentration to develop a strong tone for your piece.
1:30 p.m. — Writing time: Set a word count of 700-800 for early drafts.
3:00 pm — Small Group Critiques: In their small groups, each participant will read their draft and receive feedback from the coach and group. Each participant can continue working on their previous draft or start a new one.
4 p.m. — Time for writing or reflection
5 p.m. — Final readings: Each participant has 20 minutes to read their play.
8 p.m. — Return to the hotel
sunday november 13
7:30 a.m. — Shuttle to Poynter
8 a.m. — Final readings: Each participant has 20 minutes to read their piece. Participants should not book a return flight before 2:00 p.m.
Noon — Farewell
We will continue to monitor CDC guidelines for safe gatherings and stand ready to host this program online if needed. Accepted applicants will be notified of any program changes in September.