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Writing Lessons: The Indianapolis News in the 1950s

At fifteen, I took up summer employment as the switchboard operator and cub reporter on the “Great Hoosier Daily,” the Indianapolis News. My father was a friend of Orien Fifer, the managing editor, and they must have been willing to
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The Boiler Room Reporters: A Hot Time in a writing career

At Broad Ripple High School, Indianapolis in the 1950s, the only spot available for the school newspaper, the Riparian, was in the basement of the “Old Building,” next to the furnace. Here we huddled at ancient, beat-up desks, about twenty-five
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Practice writing for a small-town Indiana paper and become a published author!

Last week we talked about learning to “string” for small-town papers. The workshop I’ve  been offering for The Writers’ Center emphasizes gaining credentials for authoring (or submitting a book to an agent, for instance) by getting published in newspapers. You
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Cliches Not Allowed

Cliches not allowed at Hawthorne Publishing, which should not be allowed in the world at large Avoid like the plague in writing and speaking: Use of “Absolutely” to answer a question. Suggestion: just “Yes.” Use of “amazing” to show something
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