AP Writing Workshop


What journalism can teach you about effective communication

In this four-part course, top writers and editors from The Associated Press show you how effective writing – and the things that go into it – can point the way toward better outcomes in your own writing. Whether you’re a professional who wants to tap into what makes the world’s best-known news organization shine or a newbie looking for ways to push your communication style forward, you’ll find these sessions chock full of actionable tools, tips and feedback. We’re experts at telling the world’s stories. Let us help you tell yours.

This course will help you:

  • Learn principles of journalism and writing that you can apply to your work in any field.
  • Understand how writing and editing can make you a better communicator.
  • Craft a story by learning the fundamentals of reporting, story structures and writing on deadline.
  • See how effective writing has changed the world.
  • Network with your peers to get their insights on writing for your audience.

Live sessions start on Sept. 9. You can join live or watch recordings at your convenience.

Premium writing critique from an AP editor

If you’d like feedback on your writing, add on an optional premium writing critique at registration. Submit a piece of writing of 500-1,000 words for review and written feedback by an AP editor who will assess it for writing style, clarity and overall effectiveness. This can be a professional or personal piece of writing; it can be written for this occasion or an existing piece.

AP Writing Workshop

Choose the learning experience that's best for you.

  • Write Your Way To Success - $399 for the four-part online course with AP editors
  • Optional Add-On: Premium Writing Critique From An AP Editor - $125 for the optional add-on premium writing critique from an AP editor

AP Writing Workshop

— Access to writing guides and tip sheets for effective writing.
— Q&A sessions with AP editors.
— Keep access to AP Writing Workshop content through November 30, 2024.

— The AP Writing Workshop is offered in partnership with Edmaker, experts in online learning communities.
— Edmaker hosts the course on its web-based platform. There’s nothing to download or install, but you will need a current browser and reliable internet connectivity.
— After you register for the AP Writing Workshop on the Stylebook website, you will receive a claim code via email. When you redeem that code via the link included in the email, you will get an email from Edmaker to access the online workshop.
— If you sign up on behalf of multiple users, you will get an email with a set of claim codes. Share one code with each user who you would like to participate, along with the activation code link. As your users redeem their claim codes, they will get their activation emails from Edmaker.
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Group Rate Packages

— 3 to 4 registrants: 10% off per user
— 5 to 10 registrants: 15% off per user
— 11 to 20 registrants: 20% off per user
— 21+ registrants: 25% off per user

Ted Anthony, director of new storytelling and newsroom innovation for The Associated Press, currently oversees AP's Trends + Culture coverage globally. He is a veteran correspondent and news leader who has been with AP since 1992. He has served in a variety of roles both in the field and at AP headquarters, ranging from national correspondent to China news editor to director of Asia-Pacific news. In 2003, he reopened AP's Baghdad bureau in the days after the U.S. invasion. For 30 years, he has specialized in writing about American and global culture and how it changes and evolves. He has covered stories from the aftermath of 9/11 in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq to presidential elections, the 1997 death of Princess Diana in London and seven Olympic Games. He is the author of the 2007 book "Chasing the Rising Sun: The Journey of an American Song," and is currently at work on his next book, "Unsorted But Significant: Travels Through Dementia, Grief and the Things Parents Leave Behind."

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Session 1: Sept. 9

How effective writing has changed the world.

In this session, you’ll:

  • Be introduced to what this course will be and why it matters to you — and why some things about writing might not be what you expect.
  • Learn about a brief history of writing as communication, as art, as persuasive argument.
  • As an introduction to journalism, review some of AP’s top accomplishments in the writing and storytelling space.
  • Come to understand how writing can change things — from freeing slaves in Southeast Asia to causing the end of a presidency.
  • Examine the more intimate ways writing changes things: How can delivering facts help clear the fog? How can expertise and perspective prevent people from misinterpreting big events? How can writing inspire and move people? How is journalism the “first rough draft of history” – and what can the full version of that quote tell us?
  • Be given examples of effective writing that you might not expect – things that aren’t journalism but are deeply impactful. Poetry. Advertising. Speeches (Kennedy inaugural, e.g.). Turns of phrase that have stuck with people through the decades.
  • See how this all ties into what you want to accomplish, and pivot into the coming sessions.

Session 2: Sept. 11

Principles of journalism and writing and how they relate to you.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Why journalism is a good model for overall communication, no matter the industry.
  • How journalism in its modern form came to be.
  • How the pursuit of, and the myth of, objectivity has shaped both journalism and the larger world. Why eliminating bias still matters, and how fairness plays a role in shaping journalism. What roles standards and ethics have in any nonfiction writing endeavor.
  • AP’s background in all this and how its history is threaded through with the history of facts and journalism and effective communication.
  • How learning journalism principles and practices can help YOU succeed.
  • How good writing can be everywhere — even places you don’t expect (foreshadowing to week four).

Session 3: Sept. 16

Reporting/research, writing and editing to make you a better communicator.

In this session, you’ll learn:


  • A history of good writers – and why they were good.
  • Why any writing is only as good as the thought and research behind it — and how to make that happen.
  • How to think about writing before DOING writing.
  • Things to do before you begin: a breakdown and task list.
  • Putting facts together in the most effective ways
  • What we mean when we say, “write not only to be understood, but not to be misunderstood.”


  • Basic principles of editing.
  • Editing the idea/”the coaching model.” Why you should use it whenever you can.
  • Different types of edits, from the content edit to bulletproofing to the word choice/substitution edit and beyond. How you can calibrate these to your subject matter and assignment.
  • Developing an editing relationship with your writers (and their egos).
  • Be disciplined: Self-editing and its role in the process.

Session 4: Sept. 18

Crafting a story and packaging it for readers.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How without reporting, there is no writing. Or: Writing begins in the idea phase.
  • How to write a lede and why it matters more than anything else in the story.
  • Adding context.
  • Story structures and choosing them consciously based on audience and what you want to achieve with the piece of writing.
  • Storytelling on deadline and how that’s different — and how you can write faster than you ever believed.
  • The process of one story from conception to delivery and how to extract the principles that you can use. Those principles will be presented as takeaways.


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