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Writing Well: Telling Stories People Notice

July 8 - July 10

$350 – $580

Back by popular demand! Compelling, concise writing is an art. In this three-day workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals applicable to all forms of good, solid writing. From social media and websites to nonprofit and business communication, instructor Jule Banville will guide you through the basics of journalistic writing via example, discussion, and practice. With 10 years of experience teaching writing at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism and 20 years working as an editor, Jule will teach you how to write clean, concise, engaging content across multiple applications. Customized instruction throughout ensures you’ll leave with relevant skills for your work. 


Jule Banville
Associate professor, University of Montana School of Journalism



  • Who is this workshop for?
    Nonprofit and small business staff, freelance journalists, community members — anyone looking to hone their writing skills across multiple platforms.
  • Who is the instructor?
    Jule Banville is a journalism professor at the University of Montana and host of the Last Best Stories podcast. Prior to teaching, she was an editor at the Washington City Paper, a producer at WNYC and a freelance writer for various publications across the country.
  • When is this workshop?
    July 8-10, 2020
  • How long are workshop days?
    9am – 4pm
  • What will I leave the workshop with?
    A solid understanding of writing flow, grammar, sentence structure, and how to achieve your writing goals across multiple applications — from social media and blogging to websites and press releases.
  • What do I need to bring?
    We recommend a laptop or notebook for writing exercises and taking notes.
  • What about meals?
    Lunches are on your own. Missoula has lots of great restaurants and cafes within easy biking and walking distance of the Montana Media Lab.
  • Will I need a car?
    Not unless you want to explore beyond Missoula. We have bikes available for use during the workshop plus Missoula’s no-fare bus system will get you just about anywhere you want to go in the city.
  • What is the maximum enrollment for this workshop?
  • Can I take this workshop for college credit?
    Yes. You can earn one undergraduate or graduate journalism credit from the University of Montana for an additional $155 processing fee.
  • I’m a teacher. Can I earn OPI renewal units for this workshop?
    Yes. You will earn 21 renewal units for this workshop.
  • What’s your refund policy?
    The Montana Media Lab will issue a full refund, minus a $100 administrative fee, for cancellations made more than 45 days prior to the start of the workshop. Cancellations made within 45 days of the start of the workshop are not eligible for a refund. If the Montana Media Lab cancels the workshop for any reason, you will be issued a full refund.


July 8
July 10
$350 – $580
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University of Montana
32 Campus Dr
Missoula, 59812 United States


15 available
Writing Well early bird registration (for university credit)$505.00early bird registration available through June 1, 2020
15 available
Writing Well early bird registration$350.00early bird registration available through June 1, 2020