Cosmic Zoom: Make Your Writing More Appealing & Important to a Broader Audience

Wednesday, December 29th @ 2 -3 pm Eastern

As writers, we are often told about the importance of “critical distance”—seeing something from far away enough to understand what it means and how it’s working.


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The best reportage connects an intimate, local story to a larger issue or trend. A story about one person’s battle with homelessness, for example, can reveal a lot about weaknesses in national infrastructure, cultural indifference to suffering, and the life-saving importance of certain charities. Cosmic Zoom is a way to find critical distance and unearth new possibilities and points-of-view that may be missing from your work.

Cosmic Zoom involves a series of thought and brainstorming sessions (which can involve many notebooks!). What happens if I zoom into the smallest detail here? What’s at play, and what happens if I keep zooming out? More than anything else, Cosmic Zoom is an exercise about scale and stakes—a tool that can help you make your work more appealing and important to a broader audience.

In this webinar, we will:

  • DEFINE “Cosmic zoom” and its importance in the writing process
  • EXAMINE examples from the genre of writing using personal stories as a framing device
  • LEARN effective strategies to find and implement Cosmic Zoom

This webinar is for anyone who wants to connect individual stories to larger ones. There will be writing prompts and a slideshow.

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    Our webinars are usually presented on Wednesday at 2:00 pm Eastern time. We rarely repeat webinars, but we do send out a recording of the program to everyone who registers, and you may watch the program at your conviencence.