National writers' workshop returns to San Antonio

(March 29, 2006)--Writing for a Latino audience and covering a natural disaster are among the wide range of topics slated for discussion at the San Antonio Express-News - Poynter National Writers' Workshop May 20-21.

Award-winning author Marie Brenner, whose work often appears in Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, will kick off the two-day conference that includes sessions on women war correspondents and advice from renowned investigative and narrative journalists.

New York Times writer and best-selling author David Cay Johnston opens the final day of the conference, and former L.A. Times fashion writer and current Express-News staffer Michael Quintanilla will close out the workshop Sunday afternoon.

Other speakers include John Burnett from National Public Radio, Peter Slover of the Dallas Morning News, Hank Stuever of the Washington Post, Gordon Russell from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Maria Henson from the Sacramento Bee, Cathy Frye from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Tracey Eaton from the Houston Chronicle, and Roy Peter Clark from the Poynter Institute.

Early registration for the workshop runs through April 21 and costs $75 or $50 for students. Regular registration is $85 and $55 for students. The cost at the door is $100 and $65 for students.

The weekend marks the second time the San Antonio Express-News has been the host of the workshop. All sessions will be held at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in downtown San Antonio, just steps from the Alamo and River Walk. Rooms can be booked for a special rate of $119 a night and should be reserved under the San Antonio Express-News National Writers' Workshop. To make a reservation, call (210) 222-9181.

To register or for more information about the workshop schedule, speakers and room rates, visit or contact Amy Dorsett by e-mailing or calling (210) 250-3227.

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