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TELLING YOUR PUBLIC HEALTH STORY Bruce M. Etchison, (RET) CAPT. USPHS, MPH, D.A.A.S., R.S. 7/10/2014 USEHA ANNUAL CONFERENCE-LAS VEGAS, NV

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Your Public Health Story

Telling Your Public Health StoryBruce M. Etchison, (RET) CAPT. USPHS, MPH, D.A.A.S., R.S. 7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVTelling Your Public Health StoryObjective:Encourage Environmental Health Professionals to Record Their Experiences7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVTelling Your Public Health StoryYour Purpose:Making Your Writing Better:

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Examples of Others Stories:

7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVYour Purpose:For familyFor studentsFor the general publicTelling Your Public Health Story7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVTelling Your Public Health StoryHow to begin:Just start writingPeople in our careersSignificant eventsDont be overly critical at firstPlan on rewriting

7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVI suffer always from fear of putting down that first line. The hardest part is getting started. John steinbeck7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVIm not terribly careful myself, actually. I write fairly rapidly if I get goingin treating words as chisel strokes you run the risk of losing the quality of utterance, the rhythm of utterance, the happiness. john updike7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVMaking Your Writing Better:Work with other writersRead your work to the groupCritique everyones writingRewriteTelling Your Public Health Story7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVWhat makes me happy is rewritingIts like cleaning house, getting rid of all the junk, getting things in the right order, tightening things up. Ellen Goodman7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVI never thought of myself as a good writer. But, Im on of the worlds great revisers. James Michener7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVTelling Your Public health story7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVMy Navajo Years :Bruce M. Etchison7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NV

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Examples of Others Stories:Larry GordonJack WomackJohn DietemannWeb YoungJim WaskiewiczTelling Your Public Health Story7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NV

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7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVSeated1 Perry Brackett, 2 James R. Buchetel, 3 Jim Cox, 4 Jim Justice, 5 Jim Pees, 6 John Todd, 7 Kenneth Bailey, 8 Keith Sherer, 9 Don Myer, Standing10 Alan Dellapenna, 11 Del Larson, 12 Craig Shepherd, 13 Jim Crum, 14 Bill Ryan, 15 Dick Anderson, 16 Gary J. Hartz, 17 Geoff Keele, 18 Lew Fox, 19 Dale J. Johnson, 20 Al Stevenson, 21 Jerry Butler, 22 Harry Doutt, 23 Bill Wheatly, 24 Tim Bergin, 25 Bob Marsland, 26 Jim Shoemake, 27 Jack Womack, 28 Mike Randolph, 29 Bruce Etchison, 30 John Steward, 31 Bill Pearson

12345678910111213141516171819202122232426262931302527IHS Engineer/Sanitarian Reunion Participants Laughlin, NV April 18, 20077/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVMemoirs- credit Elmore Leonard

Interactions between people are better. Readers tend to like dialogue. Avoid passive voice particularly the use of wasCareful with excessive detail.Be careful in describing characters. They can be imagined by the reader through the dialogue, tone in their voices, mannerisms, etc.Avoid opening with the weather.Show rather than tell what is happening in your story.The verb said is used to carry dialogue. 7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVSelf-editing:Use metaphors sparingly. Too many can be distracting or cause the reader to pause to try and figure out what you mean. Keep it personal when writing a memoir. Too much direction can be insulting, i.e. he bent over to tie his shoe.Started is overused by many writers. Actions are usually self-explanatory.7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVReasons for Rejection:

Too many similar storiesSmall sales potentialToo narrow in scopeAuthor not well-knownAuthor credentials lacking Poor writing/spelling/punctuationExpense to produceNot remarkable enough or exciting7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NVHelpful Websites:

www.writingthroughlife.comwww.anaelectures.wordpress.comwww.larryjgordon.comwww.lulu.comQuestions? THE END7/10/2014USEHA Annual Conference-Las Vegas, NV