New Brunswick lands 2007 National Writers' Symposium, hosted by the biggest association of journalists in Canada

    MONCTON, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - Canada's largest association of journalists is
bringing its National Writers' Symposium to New Brunswick for the first time
    On Nov. 3 - 4, journalists from across Canada will meet at the Crowne
Plaza in Moncton for the 2007 National Writers' Symposium, an annual
professional development conference focused on the craft of writing.
    Mary Agnes Welch, president of the Canadian Association of Journalists,
says Moncton is a great place to hold this year's symposium because it gives
journalists from all over Atlantic Canada a convenient place to meet with
colleagues and share skills.
    "The CAJ is committed to bringing hands-on training to every corner of
Canada, especially places like New Brunswick with a great tradition of
homegrown journalism," said Welch.

    Highlights of this year's symposium include

    -   Keynote speaker and Pulitzer Prize winner Jacqui Banaszynski. She'll
        talk about the enduring power of the story and lead seminars on
        writing fast and the art of the interview.

    -   New Brunswick journalist and author Jacques Poitras. He'll explain
        how to turn a news story into a book.

    -   Award-winning journalist Kelly Toughill, who will lead a workshop on
        the dos and don'ts of handling numbers when covering elections,
        budgets and economic forecasts.

    -   Canadian Press defence reporter Murray Brewster. He'll draw on
        extensive experience to explain how to cover a war without getting

    -   Jack Branswell, the Atlantic-Quebec editor for Canwest News Service,
        who will tell reporters why their copy editors hate them - and how
        they can improve that relationship with cleaner copy.

    The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization
with some 1,500 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary role is to provide
public-interest advocacy and high quality professional development for its

For further information:

For further information: Mary Agnes Welch, president, CAJ, (204)
943-6575, or: John Dickins, executive director, CAJ,, (613)

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