- Turning Pro: A mini-writing master class
- April 10, 2013 5:30 pm
- April 10, 2013 7:00 pm
- Annenberg Hall, atrium
2020 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19122, United States
“Turning Pro: Making the near-impossible transition from really good college writer to a career as a really good professional writer” is a mini-master class with best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter and Temple alumus Jeffrey Robinson, JOUR ’67.
Making the transition from really good college writer to a career as a really good, full-time, professional writer (whether it be as a print-television-radio-web journalist, author, screenwriter, television writer, short story writer, dramatist, web-based blogger or freelance all-arounder) is akin to going from really good college basketball player to the NBA.
Most people can’t do it.
But loads of really good college writers make that leap every year and there’s no reason why you can’t.
Robinson, an international best-selling author of 27 books, 700 newspaper and magazine stories, short stories, radio dramas and screenplays, reveals all in this one-night-only mini-master class.
An original-12 graduate of what was then called the School of Communications and Theater’s (now Media and Communication) first class in January 1967, he has been writing professionally since 1960. After Temple and four years in the U.S. Air Force, Robinson moved to the south of France where he based himself for 12 years, while vagabonding the globe with typewriter in hand. His journalism appeared in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Examiner, the Christian Science Monitor and, for 10 years, he was one of the three main feature writers for the International Herald Tribune in Paris.
In 1982, he moved to London where he wrote best-selling non-fiction books, biographies and novels, in addition to television screenplays and radio dramas for the BBC.
A frequent guest on television and radio news and talk shows on both sides of the Atlantic, he is also an award-winning after-dinner speaker.
Robinson returned home to New York in 2007, after 25 years in the UK, but continues vagabonding the globe, albeit a little slower these days and with a laptop instead of a typewriter.