Story Craft

Documentary film as “home movie”: Going beyond a public face to reveal a private one

September 19, 2017

Two films at the Camden International Film Festival in midcoast Maine explore universal truths through the intimacy of family -- with love, and with shame

Narrative News

The big tent that is storytelling: embracing the richness (and beauty) of its diversity

September 15, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Abbie Gascho Landis and the surprising climate book “Immersion”

September 14, 2017

The writer (and vet) talks about squeezing story from science, and how a book about mussels is also about our tender, tenacious humanity.

Why is it great? Few authors have written as magnificently about nature as Rachel Carson, and this sentence is a good example.  Its strength is not in form but content.  It revealed to me something … Read more

Notable Narratives

Notable Narrative: The Marshall Project’s Maurice Chammah and “The Accusation”

September 12, 2017

The reporter talks about his piece, published jointly with Esquire, on a recanted allegation of child sex abuse that had sent a father to prison

Narrative News

Sometimes journalism and literature are controversial; sometimes that’s a good thing

September 8, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

5 Questions

An alt-weekly editor steps up to the plate to back a freelancer’s controversial story

September 7, 2017

When reporter Britni de la Cretaz came under fire for her piece on racism and the Red Sox, DigBoston editor-in-chief Chris Faraone had her back

Why is it great? For “Controversy Week” on Storyboard, I chose a sentence from one of the most controversial books of the 20th century. “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” was shocking on so many levels when it … Read more

Notable Narratives

The late Alex Tizon and “My Family’s Slave”: his first memory, and his last byline

September 5, 2017

The Atlantic story, published just weeks after his death, drew a firestorm of criticism; a Pulitzer winner and friend examines the craft, and the loss

Narrative News

It’s Southern Week on Storyboard: Read on for some great regional storytelling

September 1, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

5 Questions

Monica Hesse and “American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land”

August 31, 2017

The Washington Post reporter talks about what it's like to juggle multiple projects (and genres), and the virtue of capturing the way people talk