freelance writer; former reporter, United Press International; former president, Society of Professional Journalists, Los Angeles Chapter. Ms. Wax is a contributor to many magazines and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Westways, Emmy, and Animation.
The world is full of great stories waiting to be told. I want my students to find those stories and tell them, and I try to give them the tools to do so. We start with baby steps--where to get ideas, how to find a market, how to sell an idea. Then we move on to the skills needed--researching the story, interviewing, getting good quotes. And finally, we learn how to put it all together. A writing teacher once told me, Nobody ever gets worse and worse; everyone only gets better and better. So I encourage students to continue to write, continue to edit, and continue to read good writing.
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