A child at an anti-racism rally called to denounce the messages of hate and violence of white supremacists at a weekend rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Notable Narratives

Pat Beall and “Sexually abused as a child: A Post reporter’s journey to finding hope”

August 15, 2017

The Palm Beach Post investigative journalist talks about why she decided to write about her long-ago trauma -- and her struggles with first person

Narrative News

The journalistic power of empathy: making connections that elevate the writing

August 11, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Maud Newton and her science-meets-personal-essay “I, Rodent”

August 10, 2017

The writer talks about her touching piece in The Awl, in which she intersperses disturbing facts about genetic engineering with her lifelong identification with mice

Why is it great? First off, the rhythm of the sentence makes me swoon. I keep reading it aloud, to hear how it swirls and swirls like dancers on a ballroom floor before coming to … Read more

Story Craft

How a midcareer print writer mastered the “magic stick” in a 9-week radio Hogwarts

August 8, 2017

A former Los Angeles Times reporter says the Transom immersive training program changed her (and also made her a stronger narrative writer)

Narrative News

“Lolita,” lobsters and David Foster Wallace: Now that’s what we call a party

August 4, 2017

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

Notable Narratives

Notable Narrative: Nicole Lucas Haimes and “Who Killed Julian Pierce?”

August 3, 2017

The writer and documentary filmmaker talks about a story on a murdered Native American activist that was nearly 30 years in the making -- and became an obsession

Why is it great? Nabokov is masterful here, not just stylistically but emotionally. He interrupts Humbert Humbert’s grotesque pursuit of Lolita by having him address the reader directly with an abject plea for understanding, a … Read more

Why's This So Good?

Why’s This So Good? David Foster Wallace and the brilliant “Consider the Lobster”

August 1, 2017

As the Maine Lobster Festival gets ready to boil thousands of crustaceans alive again, please take a moment to bask in the splendor of the piece that maddened many Gourmet readers 13 years ago

Narrative News

Katherine Boo, Sarah Lyall and Harper Lee: It’s grrl power week on Storyboard

July 28, 2017

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

Why's This So Good?

Sarah Lyall and (the hilarious) “Paying a Price for 8 Days of Flying in America”

July 27, 2017

The New York Times writer asks, “How did air travel, which once seemed so glamorous and exciting, turn into a sadomasochistic pas de deux between the industry and the passenger?”

Story Craft

Katherine Boo’s 15 rules for narrative nonfiction — now this is a “must-read”

July 25, 2017

At the Mayborn Conference for storytellers, the Pulitzer winner warns against falling in love with the craft too much, and says that “getting it right matters way more than whether you can make people care”