Wynne Delacoma on “transactional” writing

P1030443Reporter Wynne Delacoma covered music and dance at the Chicago Sun-Times for nearly two decades. Critics, she maintains, play a vital and compassionate role in the life of a work. No matter how many times she may have seen a production of Swan Lake, “it was always someone’s first.”

Wynne characterizes dance writing as “transactional” and sought to include readers in the conversation. Did she write with a particular type of reader in mind? “My mother,” she stated, who would faithfully read the paper cover to cover.

Wynne currently teaches at Northwestern University, where she aims to impart conciseness and clarity to future journalists.

-Catrien Egbert

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