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Wednesday, September 28 • 8:30am - 9:30am
The Power of Language

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A few great writers will lead this interactive session using exercises and games to help people improve how they tell their stories - whether that be a band bio, a festival description, or a press release. We'll look at how to avoid drastically over-used phrases ('hard-driving' as opposed to ‘songs crackle with the unpredictability of a divorced man, a bottle of whisky and and loaded pistol.’). We'll demonstrate how less is more when it comes to language.  

Moderators
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Patrice O'Neill

Event Producer, Acoustic Sound/Wintergrass
I am currently interested in exploring the changing ways in which people are connecting to the music and communities they love. I am passionate about not only educating the next generation of musicians, but creating models that will allow them to earn a living while keeping music a vital presence in a life worth living.

Speakers
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John Lawless

John is the primary author and editor at Bluegrass Today. In 2007 he shared Print Media Person of the Year honors with Brance Gillihan for their work on the Bluegrass Blog. He’s also President of AcuTab Publications and has been an active banjo player with Acoustic Endeavors.
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Devon Leger

Director, Hearth Music
Devon Leger founded Hearth Music in 2010 after spending six years as the lead booker for the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle. A graduate of the University of Washington’s Ethnomusicology program, Devon brings a wide knowledge of music tradition and a passion for community music making. He’s also a prolific freelance music journalist, writing about and interviewing the best young roots musicians in the US and abroad with a focus on... Read More →
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David Morris

David Morris is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, songwriter and upright bass player. Best known in bluegrass circles for his writing for Bluegrass Today, he has spent much of his career as a wire service political reporter, including nearly 14 years with The Associated Press and a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. He is currently the deputy managing editor for Kiplinger. He reports that while flying on Air Force One... Read More →


Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C

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