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Writing & Editing
Everyone can write, but can you do so in the manner that is called for by what you are trying to achieve? All writing requires clarity, but different vehicles require different kinds of writing. We’ll write or help you write everything more effectively.
Okara Communications will give your SPEECHES the energy and vitality to both hold and inform your audience. We will write your FUNDRAISING LETTERS with the compassion that your mission requires. We’ll help you share your latest story in NEWS RELEASES that speak the media’s language. We will say “thank you” to the people you care about with sincerity and humbleness. With our help, your BROCHURES and ADS will creatively show your strength and dedication. We’ll make your internal and external NEWSLETTERS capture and convey everything that is new or newsy, different, important or simply fun. We’ll make your SLIDE PRESENTATIONS crisp and compelling. We’ll make all of your written communications sing.
You know what you want to say, you just don’t know how to say it. You can simply provide your key points, steer us to background materials, and let Okara convey the spirit of your ideas, arguments, requests, solicitations or grateful appreciation.
Writing projects include:
• News Releases
• Speeches
• Brochure Copy
• Advertising Copy
• Op-Eds
• Letters
• Newsletter Features (print or Web)
• Slide Presentations
Okara Communications can take your print project from concept to finished product. Working with top designers and printers in the region, we can ensure that your project is beautifully and economically produced.
Media/Communications Training
Your organization deserves to be represented well. Okara Communications can help you do a better job. We can help you develop a year-round communications plan and help your spokespersons stay on-message to present your organization in a way that clearly reflects your good work. Training can be provided to staff and volunteers to help you successfully:
Develop an effective communications strategy and practical work plan
Nurture good media relations (why, when and how to approach the media)
Announce new events and ongoing services using all viable mediums
Manage a crisis (when everything doesn’t work right)
AfterWords (obituary-writing service)
AfterWords is a unique service of Okara Communications which provides the writing of life stories (obituaries) that capture the memories of who a person was – not just what they did. Stories are written using not just facts, but personal anecdotes to ensure that those who were loved will be remembered for what they shared in life: their smile, their love, their humor, their joy. Life stories for programs or Web sites can be written to an individual’s desired length and in one of two formats: straight narrative or headline with brief narrative.
AfterWords will assist families in developing and writing all other elements of the program, including the "Order of Service" and the "Acknowledgement".
Abbreviated stories for paid newspaper listings, when requested, will be included with the writing of the life story, along with editing of any submissions from the family (poetry, remembrances, etc.).
AfterWords can provide professionally designed programs to give families something beautiful to hold on to and share with others.
If production services are being provided by a funeral home, AfterWords can also provide the life story and other information (e.g., order of service or acknowledgement) that the family has approved directly to the funeral home.
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AfterWords is a service of Okara Communications 2008