Dinner with Jerry Brewer, February 13, 2019
“I live in Arlington. We searched all over the DMV to find the best place to live with a preschooler and we kept coming back to Arlington. I feel like part of a community here and that connection matters to me.” –Jerry Brewer
The members and guests of the Better Sports Club who attended dinner on Feb. 13 were glad that he did. Jerry Brewer talked about his career in sports writing, currently with The Washington Post. He answered questions about various teams and trades. But the common theme in his presentation was the importance of his community. He asserted, “Readership is not something I take for granted. What matters most to me is my community. I ask, ‘How can I, with words, enrich my community.’”
Jerry said he always knew he wanted to be a writer. And when he discovered that he could write about sports, that set his path at the young age of 15. He reasoned that his writing has evolved over time from more flashy to more streamlined and simple, but with added spice where it’s needed. He described his method as a “5-Tool Columnist” using the following techniques:
Several years ago, Jerry Brewer wrote a book, Gloria’s Miracle, about a young girl in Seattle with terminal cancer. It began as a series of articles covering Gloria’s father, who was a local coach. It became more than that. Brewer claims to be most proud of this work: “I hope to give a gift through my writing, but this story changed me.”
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