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!
Andrea Pitzer's Nieman Storyboard report from the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.
With narrative nonfiction you don't present the main point in the first paragraphcompelling narrative keeps the reader reading to find out what happens, and the journey to the epiphany is half the point.
Narrative nonfiction--joining good research with compelling, character-driven storytelling--reads like a novel.
"Theres only one way I know to get people to the end of the story... There has to be a holdback." Narrative nonfiction events and conferencesis there something here for you?
(Andrea Pitzer, Nieman Storyboard, 2-22-10) Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference (this link changes often--just google the name of the conference, if this one doesn't work) Learning to Listen (Gina Kolata interviews Rita Charon on narrative medicine program at Columbia, NY Times, 12-29-09) See also Writers conferences, workshops, and other learning places (a separate page on Writers and Editors) Nieman Narrative Conference Three threats to narrative journalism that New York Times editor Bill Killer is not buying (Beth Macy, 4-27-10, reporting on Keller's talk at Nieman Narrative conference) Tips from Nieman Narrative: What Works for Readers, Editors & Sources (Bill Kirtz, Poynter) Nieman Narrations: Tips and Tales from Top Storytellers (Bill Kirtz, Poynter, 3-17-08) Tips and Tales from Some of the Best in the Business (Bll Kirtz on Nieman 2006, 11-20-06, updated 3-3-11) Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference(Grapevine, Texas, July) As experienced by Sam Eifling and described in I Heard It While in Grapevine (Columbia Journalism Review, 7-28-09) Mark Bowden on the value of beginners mind.
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).
(Whether it's called narrative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, long-form journalism, creative nonfiction, or narrative journalism true stories, well-written and compelling) What is narrative nonfiction?
Conferences on narrative nonfiction/longform journalism Reports from conferences Story structure and storytelling Books on the craft of narrative nonfiction Good explanations and narrative nonfiction resources Outstanding narrative nonfiction books Anthologies of short creative nonfiction Publication and sites that feature narrative nonfiction E-singles, long-form journalism, and "read later" bookmarking systems About audio narrative (including digital and radio storytelling) Multimedia journalism and storytelling Personal storytelling venues Online venues for true stories and narrative nonfiction The Moth Online examples of excellent storytelling Other venues for stories told aloud to a live audience Paris Review interviews with nonfiction authors Why's This So Good?
Norman Sims and Mark Kramer Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example, ed.
Patsy Sims The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing, ed.
Moore (a handbook on the brief essay form) The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrativeby Vivian Gornick (a slim book about writing essays and memoirs, with examples from other writers.