Simple and Declarative: The ABC method of good writing

Award-winning journalist, author and former editor of the San Antonio Express-News Robert Rivard leads a hands-on writing seminar that focuses on story telling, clarity in prose and structure, and the simplicity and beauty of the simple, declarative sentence. We will examine bad writing practices to avoid. Bring your laptops: Participants will engage in actual writing and editing exercises, and informal readings and presentations. Prizes for the best work!

  • Date: November 10, 2011
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: 110 Broadway, Suite 230, San Antonio (Click for directions)
  • Cost: $60


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Facilitator: Robert Rivard, 58, recently retired (Sept. 2011) after serving for more than 14 years as editor and executive vice president for news at the San Antonio Express-New. Rivard worked for five different Texas newspapers over his 34-year career. He also served for 10 years as a foreign correspondent in Latin America and as a senior editor at Newsweek magazine in New York. In April 2000 he was chosen by Editor & Publisher magazine in New York as its first annual newspaper “Editor of the Year.”

Rivard also was the recipient in 2002 of journalism's oldest award, the prestigious Maria Moor Cabot Award from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, for his years of work as a reporter and editor in Latin America and along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Trail of Feathers: Searching for Philip True,” Rivard's first book, chronicles the disappearance and murder of Philip True, the Express-News Mexico City bureau chief, and Rivard’s personal involvement in the search and recovery of True’s remains and his six-year pursuit of True’s killers in Mexico’s corrupt justice system. TOF was published by Public Affairs in New York in 2005. The paperback edition was published in 2006. A Kindle version was published in 2010.

Rivard is a political science graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a graduate of Northwestern University's Executive Management Program at its Media Management Center. He was selected by UTSA, as “Alumnus of the Year” in September 2000. He's been married for 30 years to Monika Maeckle, who recently retired as the Southwest U.S. vice president for Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company. They have two sons, Nick, 26, an architect in Austin now pursuing his graduate degree in urban design at Harvard, and Alex, 24, a senior at Texas State University in San Marcos and a nationally-ranked Scrabble tournament player.