Storyteller’s Writing Workshop

How to report, write and edit compelling stories in a visual world

Jan. 24: Chicago      •      
Feb. 18: Austin, Texas      •      
March 8: Washington, DC      •      
July 11: Fort Collins, Colorado      •      
Sept. 13: Clearwater, Florida


We've all heard the conventional wisdom: Nobody reads anymore. All content must be visual. But every good story begins with words. Take a deep breath and remember why you chose this profession: the joy of moving an audience with your words. If you’re trying to recapture what that feels like, join Mark Ragan and Jim Ylisela for their new, one-day seminar.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Make every word count for impatient, distracted audiences
  • Write headlines and teasers readers can't ignore
  • Choose the right words to enliven video, photos, infographics and social media
  • Fine-tune your reporting skills to add color and texture to your storytelling
Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Five locations to choose from:

Jan. 24: Chicago

Feb. 18: Austin, Texas

March 8: Washington, DC

July 11: Fort Collins, Colorado

Sept. 13: Clearwater, Florida




Jim Ylisela

Co-founder and managing partnerRagan Consulting Group

Jim Ylisela is co-owner and managing partner of Ragan Consulting Group. He is an award-winning veteran Chicago journalist with more than 30 years of experience in newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, The Chicago Reporter and Crain's Chicago Business. Jim has won a dozen awards for investigative reporting and is the author of "Who Killed the Candy Lady?", an investigation into Chicago's greatest unsolved murder, the disappearance of candy heiress Helen Brach. From 1988 to 2001, Ylisela served on the faculty and was co-director of the Medill News Service at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. With RCG, he works with communicators across industries to create brand journalism news sites, organize and train writers and editors and restore reporting (and creative storytelling) to internal and external communications.

Mark Ragan

CEORagan Communications, Inc.

Mark Ragan is the publisher and CEO of Ragan Communications, Inc., the nation's leading provider of corporate communication information and training. For 15 years, Mark covered Congress, the White House and national political campaigns for Copley News Service, States News Service, New York Newsday, the San Diego Union-Tribune and Insight Magazine.



If you work in:

Employee Communications • Public Relations • Media Relations • Web Content
Production • Corporate Communications • Executive Communications



Jan. 24: Chicago
Workshop venue:
1 S. Dearborn Street, 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Feb. 18: Austin, Texas
Workshop venue:
Texas Medical Association
Thompson Auditorium
401 West 15th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
March 8: Washington, DC
Workshop venue:
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW #600
Washington, DC 20004
July 11: Fort Collins, Colorado
Workshop venue:
City of Fort Collins
222 Laporte Avenue, Community Room
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Sept. 13: Clearwater, Florida
Workshop venue:
Step Up for Students
Jupiter Room
1901 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, FL 33762



Join us as an event sponsor and meet your target audience, showcase your products, present thought leadership, generate leads and boost your brand.

Here are a few opportunities we offer:

  • Exhibitor booths
  • Speaking sessions on the main agenda
  • 10-minute lightning talks
  • Networking cocktail receptions
  • Bonus breakfast or lunch sessions
  • Small group dine-arounds
  • Track sponsor and emcee
  • Title badge sponsorship
  • Ragan and PR Daily award sponsorship

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