Writing About People

World and local leaders, celebrities and the kid across the aisle — all have the potential to amuse, instruct, exasperate and inspire you. They can be the subject of an article, a feature, a short story, play or poem. In this guide we focus on Washington Post columns (Life Is Short, A Local Life), obituaries, and KidsPost mini-profiles. This guide includes a biography project with five parts: research an American, write a news story, present an oral report, make a puppet and entertain parents in character. Bart Barnes gives a first-person account of being an obit writer at The Post.

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