Plus a bit about Barney Frank asking why the press has become so negative and adversarial. Avoiding story killers, finding genius moves with NYTs OLeary at #BUNarrative (Susan Johnston, The News Hook, E-byline, 4-9-13) More reports and stories from various conferences Mary Karr on truth: the least of my problems as a memoirist, as a writer, is getting my facts right (Mary Karr at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, 2010, as posted on Nieman Storyboard) Narrative tips for nonfiction writers: more from the 2010 Mayborn Conference (Tom Huang, Nieman Storyboard, 7-28-10) From research to story.On Nieman Storyboard, Andrea Pitzer presents excerpts from presentations at the BIO (biographers) conference 2011 by Anne Conover Heller (author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made), John Aloysius Farrell (author of Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned), and Jane Leavy (author of biographies of Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle)."Creative nonfiction" is misleading in that it implies the facts can be made up.You stick to the truth--the storytelling is fact-based--but you adapt some of the features of fiction (creating a narrative persona, setting scenes, presenting interesting characters, creating the look and feel of a setting, telling a story) to the purposes of journalism.An excellent book on the craft of short narrative nonfiction from the former managing editor of the Oregonian, who guided several Pulitzer Prizewinning narratives to publication.Jack Hart was hands-down the best narrative editor ever to work in newspapers, writes Jon Franklin Telling the Story : How to Write and Sell Narrative Nonfiction by Peter Rubie (a solidly practical book to how to write a narrative nonfiction BOOK and the book proposal that will land an agent to sell it to a publisher, by a former literary agent) Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, ed.Andrea Pitzer, for Nieman Storyboard, reporting on the Mayborn Conference. 4 is] a well-wrought road map to navigating the twists and turns, thrills and pitfalls, and joys and sorrows of the writer's journey." ―Donna Marie Smith, Library Journal The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism , ed.Helpful tips from a Harvard writers conference (Livia Blackburn's blog, A Brain Scientist's Take on Writing) The Storytellers Summit blog . Kevin Kerrane and Ben Yagoda The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing, by Francis Flaherty (excellent short takes on the architecture, bones, & tendrils of story and character development, especially for journalism) Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction by James Stewart To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction by Phillip Lopate Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, by Janet Burroway Now Write!
In short form, it's an alternative to the traditional newspaper pyramid structure (in which, if you lopped off the bottom part of the story, the reader would still have all the key information).The final quote sent me (clearly square) to Wikipedia.The future of long-form narrative by Gerry Marzorati, the NY Times Magazine editor's keynote address at the 2009 CASE Editors' Forum Gary Smith on intimacy and connecting with subjects (Any uneasiness you bring is going to cost you dearly," says the writer from Sports Illustrated).Any purchase you make after following such a link will bring a small commission to this site (which helps support the cost of providing it). Bill Roorbach (anthology that brings together examples of all three of the main forms in the genre: the literary memoir, the personal essay, and literary journalism) Intimate Journalism: The Art and Craft of Reporting Everyday Life, ed.Walt Harrington The Elements of Narrative Nonfiction: How to Write and Sell the Novel of True Events by Peter Rubie (published in an earlier version as "Telling the Story: How to Write and Sell Narrative Nonfiction") Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction , by Lee Gutkind (less practically helpful than other books listed here) Literary Journalism, ed.