The secrets to fast writing & powerful storytelling

I recently gave a talk at this year’s Online News Association (ONA) conference, which attracts about 2,500 journalists from around the world. I led a talk on fast writing and powerful storytelling and also taught the session to a journalism class at the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, where I work.

The crowd at the ONA talk was standing-room only, with more than 300 people. It was proof that journalists are hungry for writing tips and techniques. And leading the session was a reminder of how much I love teaching writing — to young students and to working journalists.

You can watch a video of my talk here

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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