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“How to Find Structure and Write Stories That Resonate with Readers” with Tom Hallman

June 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On Sunday, June 19th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. award winning author Tom Hallman will present a talk on finding structure and writing stories that resonate with readers. “Dispatches from 1320: The Collected Works of Tom Hallman Jr.” will be available for sale at the meeting.

This free workshop will be held at the Newport Public Library in the McEntee Room.

About Our Speaker – Tom Hallman

Tom Hallman 2Tom Hallman Jr., 60, is considered one of the nation’s premier narrative writers. During his career, he’s won every major feature-writing award, some for stories that took months to report, others less than a couple of hours. The stories range from the drama of life and death in a neo-natal unit, to the quiet pride of a man graduating from college.

A common thread in all of Hallman’s stories is the exploration of the character’s heart and soul. Hallman believes that every writer — no matter how many years they have been in this business — can learn how to spot true stories and report and write them in ways that resonate with readers. The ability to write has less to do with pure talent, and more with the understanding of craft, vision and emotion.

He was born and raised in Portland and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977. He’s worked at a car wash, a grocery store, a greyhound race track and was a volunteer at a VA hospital. He worked as a bartender for one week.

His first journalism job was in New York City as copy editor for Hearst Magazines Special Publications. He returned to Oregon as a reporter at The Hermiston Herald, a small weekly in Hermiston, Ore, before landing a job at the Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. In 1980, he moved to The Oregonian in where he covered crime for 10 years. He is now a reporter with the Portland team.

He is a frequent contributor to Readers Digest, and his stories have appeared in Esquire, Best Life and Star magazine. One of his stories was made into a movie. A story he wrote for Best Life was recently optioned.

His book, “Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask, was published in 2002.” He writes a column on writing for Quill Magazine. Hallman has been a speaker at National Writer’s Workshops and at papers across the United States. He has taught at USC, Notre Dame and Brown University.

Tom’s awards include:

  • Pulitzer Prize – feature writing
  • Pulitzer finalist – beat reporting
  • Pulitzer finalist – feature writing.
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors winner – feature writing
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors winner — feature writing
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors – finalist
  • National Society of Professional Journalists – feature writing
  • National Society of Professional Journalists – feature writing.
  • National Scripps Howard Journalism Award – Ernie Pyle Human Interest Writing.
  • National Scripps Howard – Business Reporting.
  • National Headliner Award – Outstanding Feature Writing.
  • National Headliner Award — Outstanding Feature Writing.
  • Nixon National Writing Award
  • Penny Missouri, multiple awards.
  • Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

This workshop is possible because of the generosity of Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, Anchor Pier Lodge, Elizabeth Street Inn, and the Newport Public Library.

To learn more about Willamette Writers Coast Chapter please click here.



June 19, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Newport Public Library
35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365
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