Telling True Stories A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University

ISBN-10: 0452287553

ISBN-13: 9780452287556

Edition: 2007

Authors: Wendy Call, Mark Kramer, Mark Kramer

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Inspiring stories and practical advice from Americas most respected journalists The countrys most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors gather each year at Harvards Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Telling True Storiespresents their best advicecovering everything from finding a good topic, to structuring narrative stories, to writing and selling your first book. More than fifty well-known writers offer their most powerful tips, including: Tom Wolfeon the emotional core of the story Gay Taleseon writing about private lives Malcolm Gladwellon the limits of profiles Nora Ephronon narrative writing and screenwriters Alma Guillermoprietoon telling the story and telling the truth Dozens of Pulitzer Prizewinning journalists from the Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Postand more . . . The essays contain important counsel for new and career journalists, as well as for freelance writers, radio producers, and memoirists. Packed with refreshingly candid and insightful recommendations, Telling True Storieswill show anyone fascinated by the art of writing nonfiction how to bring people, scenes, and ideas to life on the page.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Stories matter
Delving into private lives
The narrative idea
Difficult journalism that's slap-up fun
Finding good topics : a writer's questions
Finding good topics : an editor's questions
Reporting for narrative : ten overlapping rules
To tape or not to tape?
Interviewing : accelerated intimacy
The psychological interview
Participatory reporting : sending myself to prison
Being there
Not always being there
Reporting across cultures
Reporting on your own
Field notes to full draft
Doing enough reporting?
From story idea to published story
(Narrative) J school for people who never went
The ladder of abstraction
Every profile is an epic story
The limits of profiles
Travel writing : inner and outer journeys
The personal essay and the first-person character
First personal singular : sometimes, it is about you
Columns : intimate public conversations
Writing about history
Adventures in history Melissa
Narrative investigative writing
Public radio : community storytelling
What narrative writers can learn from screenwriters
To begin the beginning
Narrative distance
Hearing our subjects' voices : quotes and dialogue
Hearing our subjects' voices : keeping it real and true
A story structure
Summary versus dramatic narrative
Weaving story and idea
Details matter
Developing character
Reconstructing scenes
A reconstructed scene
Setting the scene
Handling time
Sequencing : text as line
Writing complicated stories
How I get to the point
The emotional core of the story
Telling the story, telling the truth
On voice
The line between fact and fiction
Toward an ethical code for narrative journalists
Playing fair with subjects
Securing consent
Truth and consequences
Dealing with danger : protecting your subject and your story
A dilemma of immersion journalism
Ethics in personal writing
Taking liberties : the ethics of the truth
The ethics of attribution
What about endnotes?
On style
A writer and editor talk shop
Revising - over and over again
Transforming one hundred notebooks into thirty-five thousand words
How to come lip short
Narrative in four boxes
Serial narratives
Care and feeding of editors and writers
Beginning in narrative
A brief history of narrative in newspaper
Nurturing narrative in the newsroom
A storyteller's Lexicon
Narrative as a daily habit
Building a narrative team
Two visions, one series : a writer and an editor talk about what they do
Team storytelling
Photographer as narrative storyteller
Subversive storytellers : starting a narrative group
Making it as a freelancer
Not stopping : time management for writers
Lessons from the jury box
Working with an agent Melissa
What makes a good book?
From book idea to book contract
Your book and the marketplace
Crossing over : from advocacy to narrative
A passion for writing
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