News January 25, 2018 | 0 Comment

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Last night, Adrienne-Samuels Gibbs hosted a “How to Write A Professional Bio” workshop during the new “Now What: Professional Workshop Series” presented by Donda’s House. The intimate workshop included Donda’s House alums and community members at Dyett High School for the Arts, the organization’s new headquarters space.

Some of Adrienne’s Tips included:

(1) Invert your pyramid. You do a lot, so tell me what’s most important for me to know.”

(2) Keep it to 120 words or less for the short bio.

(3) Think about how you want Oprah to introduce you when you win your lifetime achievement award… write that down.

Adrienne presented examples of poorly written bios and had participants in the audience to describe ways to make the bios better. She also included exemplary bios, so that participants could have a point of reference when writing their own. During one exercise, participants were encouraged to share their own first sentences, and receive feedback from the room to improve the introductory sentences.

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Adrienne has written about many celebrities, change agents and issues, and she is a proud CPS graduate of Morgan Park High School! Donda’s House is curating a series of professional workshops on a monthly basis covering a range of topics. The primary goal of the workshop is to offer practical advice, resources and information, so that participants can leave with a new tool or skill to increase their capacity to reach their professional and artistic goals.

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Photo: Vashon Jordan Jr.

For more information about Adrienne, please check out her website here. You can also follow her on Instagram here and Twitter here.

About Adrienne Samuels-Gibbs:

Adrienne Samuels Gibbs is a Pulizter-Nonimated arts and culture journalist who enjoys telling stories that expand the Chicago canon. A graduate of Morgan Park High School and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Gibbs is a former special managing editor of Ebony Magazine and a regular contribute to Forbes, Essence and NBC News.

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