FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP

Writing About Facts

Stories change hearts—it’s as true in the law as everywhere else. This workshop explores concrete, simple techniques for becoming a better legal storyteller and weaving winning themes into your writing. From writing about the details to developing your storytelling themes, you’ll find a slew of new tools that you can incorporate into your practice the same day. 

Type

Workshop

Audience

All lawyers

Versions

90 min. or 3 hours

Format

In-person or live

Topics

Managing Details • Distilling Your Theme • Movie Trailers • Writing Like a Storyteller

SEE IT IN ACTION

Take a sneak peak at the Writing About Facts workshop

Explore sample techniques and skills featured in this workshop.

THE STEPS

Writing Like a Storyteller

STEP 1
Lean on details instead of characterizations— whenever possible.
STEP 2
Lean on specifics instead of vague or ambiguous words (unless you have a reason to stay cursory). 

DETAILS OVER CHARACTERIZATIONS

Use details—not characterizations

Look at the difference it makes when you rely on characterizations (first example) instead of focusing on choice details (second example). Which do you find more persuasive?
“The string of harassment continued incessantly during the entire filing period. The harassment grew worse and worse.”
“Watson’s supervisor ridiculed her daily, calling her names like a ‘witch.’ By the third month, Watson was enduring these ridicule several times a day—whether in a group status meeting or when she was alone at her station.”

DETAILS OVER CHARACTERIZATIONS

Use details—not characterizations

Let’s see the same technique at work, this time in a different example.
 “Defendant has extensively litigated this case, spending countless hours and resources throughout the process. It is thus entitled to additional fees." 
 “Defendant has spent hundreds of hours working on this case. Its attorneys have come up with no less than six novel legal theories, ranging from supposed jurisdictional failures to multiple alleged problems with the complaint’s allegations about fraud...” 

Ready to level up your team’s legal writing?

WORKSHOP TOPICS

See what’s covered in Writing About the Facts

The facts are just as important as the law—and sometimes even more important. Even the most stale legal issue is hiding a story within. Whether it’s a story about a rule, the factual story underpinning a dispute, or a story about the parties—great legal writers must be great storytellers. This workshop will explore several concrete storytelling techniques used by the best legal writers in the world. 
  Workshop topics can change due to regular updates and improvements

90-Minute Version

   Introduction

Why Do the Facts Matter?
Two Goals for Facts: Analyzing and Persuading

  The Techniques

Distilling Your Story’s Takeaways
Developing Your Story’s Theme
Creating Your Characters
Movie Trailers
Managing Details

   Review & Wrap-Up

Writing About the Facts Companion Course

3-Hour Version

   Introduction

Why Do the Facts Matter?
Two Goals for Facts: Analyzing and Persuading

  The Techniques

Distilling Your Story’s Takeaways
Developing Your Story’s Theme
Creating Your Characters
Movie Trailers
Managing Details
Cutting Fact Clutter
Crafting Fact Headings
The Power of Specifics
Telling the Whole Story
Storytelling Style Techniques

   Review & Wrap-Up

Gameshow Review + Prizes
Writing About the Facts Companion Course

COMPANION COURSE

Writing About the Facts

This workshop comes with a companion course: Writing About the Facts. The course covers key writing and storytelling techniques that will help your team cement their skills after the workshop.

HOW IT WORKS

Writing workshops made easy

Write.law makes it easy to plan your next workshop or workshop series. From choosing your topics to onboarding your team—we’re here to help every step of the way.
STEP 1

Choose your workshop

Pick a workshop (or workshops) from our online menu. Or contact our team to discuss the best workshops for your team.
STEP 2

Seamless scheduling

Our automated scheduling tool makes it easy and convenient to find dates and times that work for you and your team.
STEP 3

Onboarding

After you schedule your workshop, the Write.law team will reach out with detailed information about next steps and how to onboard your team.
STEP 4

Workshop day!

We host virtual workshops on Zoom. If you chose an in-person workshop, our trainer will travel to your preferred office or other location.
STEP 5

Post-workshop practice

Learning doesn’t end after workshop day! Your team can keep practicing their skills with online, self-paced lessons related to your workshop topic.
STEP 6

Workshop debrief

After your workshop, the Write.law team will share a debrief covering key stats and info about how everything went with your program.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Writing workshops  that deliver real results

Write.law workshops are led by legal writing expert and Write.law co-founder, Joe Regalia. No more boring talking heads. Your team will write, interact, and explore their new skills together. Plus each workshop comes with its on self-paced companion course.
Presentation
Workbook
Companion Course
Virtual or In-Person
Onboarding
WORKBOOK

Follow along and revisit later

Companion workbooks feature pre-workshop homework, as well as a breakdown of all the writing techniques covered in the workshop. Participants can download and save workbooks to revisit later. 
PRESENTATION

Engaging and interactive presentations

Write.law workshops feature engaging and interactive presentations from Write.law co-founder and trainer, Joe Regalia. Each presentation covers concrete techniques for improving your writing, real-world examples from top advocates, and practice to cement what you’ve learned. 
COMPANION COURSE

Companion courses for additional practice

Write.law Workshops comes with self-paced companion courses hosted on Write.law’s online training platform. Participants can learn and practice new writing skills before and after workshop day.
VIRTUAL OR IN-PERSON TRAINING

Virtual or in-person training

Virtual and in-person workshops both have a lot to offer. Go virtual to let your team learn from anywhere—all from the convenience of their office or home. In-person workshops are great for team building or all-day programs.
ONBOARDING

Onboarding your team is a breeze

We make it easy to schedule and show up for workshop day. Use our automated workshop scheduler to book your dates in under five minutes. The Write.law team will send onboarding instructions, workbooks, and everything you need before workshop day.

PRO SERVICES

Add coaching or a writing review

Get more from your writing workshop by adding virtual coaching or an in-depth writing review.

Virtual Coaching

1-1 coaching • 30 minute sessions
Add one-on-one coaching to your workshop. It’s the fastest way to improve individual writing skills.
  • Pre-coaching survey
  • 1-1 sessions (30 minutes each)
  • Flexible packages

Writing Review

1 document • Up to 15 pages
Have Write.law co-founder and renowned writing expert, Joe Regalia, review up to ten pages of your writing.
  • Review by Write.law co-founder Joe Regalia 
  • Inline comments and feedback 
  • Writing report and recommendations

MEET YOUR TRAINER

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About Joe Regalia

Joe is a law professor, trainer, and attorney with a passion for legal writing, persuasion science, and technology.
Joe is a law professor, trainer, and attorney with a passion for legal writing, persuasion science, and technology. He combines his experience as both practitioner and professor to create exciting new ways to teach legal skills. Before co-founding Write.law, Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, clerked for the Ninth Circuit, and worked as an associate at top AmLaw 100 firms.
Joe heads up Write.law's legal skills training team. He is also a member of the faculty at the William S. Boyd School of Law—the number one ranked law school for legal writing skills and research. Joe regularly leads training for leading firms and organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, the Department of Justice, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. 

About Write.law

We are on a mission to make legal skills training effective, easy to use, and engaging.
The legal industry is undergoing a tectonic shift. Technology, new business models, and evolving client needs are reshaping what it means to practice law. And that means the skills attorneys need to thrive are changing, too. 
Write.law’s core goal is to help attorneys see real results in their legal writing and other practice skill. We spent years studying and compiling science-backed and effective legal writing techniques used by the world’s best lawyers. Then we built courses and workshops using the latest educational science so that lawyers can become better legal writers step-by-step.

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