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June 6, 2008
Book an appointment at The Bee's 'salon'

The features department (third floor) at The Bee is opening a "salon!"

No, we're not adding mani/pedis or cuts/colors to the daily menu, but we are setting up a fun and, hopefully interesting, series of discussions on something both readers and reporters enjoy: writing.

Our new features editor, Cathie Anderson, came up with the idea. Here's how it works: Editors and reporters can offer up stories from various publications, including newspapers and magazines, etc. Participants in the "salon" will debate and discuss the challenges and opportunities of writing in all its forms.

The first topic will be the personality profile. Or, as Cathie defines it: "The character sketch, the people pieces that provide the hot skinny on a person's life, style, impact. ... We've chosen several stories that draw word pictures of compelling people."

We are opening the "salon" beyond the features department to readers. So you have the opportunity to offer input. The point is the discussion, which could be both critical and positive.

In the first few sessions, we'll take a look at long-form profiles, short sketches that snap a shot of a personality at a moment in time, and humorous fiction that can teach us a lot about the use of metaphors, similes and other devices that liven up descriptions.

Our first "salon" appointment is at 2 p.m. June 24. If you want to have your opinions included in the discussion, grab a copy (if you don't already have one) of this month's Vanity Fair magazine for the cover profile of Robert Kennedy.

Spend some quality reading time with it and post a comment below. We'll let you know via 21Q and the print Bee what everyone had to say.

And hey, it's cheaper than a facial!

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