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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

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)

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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”

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In a South African cookbook-memory book, recapturing a life that was lost to apartheid

July 20, 2017

"Huis Kombuis" offers an old-fashioned spin on multimedia storytelling: a collective memoir with lovingly hand-stitched recipes honoring a demolished neighborhood -- and a past that couldn't be destroyed

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In Arab world, an ancient tradition of oral storytelling gets a 21st century spin

June 6, 2017

In the past, "hakawati" would recount legends or fables; today, Moth-like events often tackle social issues or process trauma from war

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The truth must be told: a conversation with slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez

May 22, 2017

In this translation of a haunting interview given just months before he was gunned down, the crusading reporter talks of telling "stories of love in the midst of corpses hanging from the bridges"

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Fake news and true facts, and the licenses taken in pursuit of narrative

May 18, 2017

All journalism is a kind of fiction, one writer argues, because of the intercession of the reporter; as our attitudes on truth and nonfiction have grown more atomized, the most important thing is trust

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The roadblocks, and the dangers, for investigative journalists in the Arab world

May 11, 2017

As the Arab Spring ushered in less openness rather than more, a Jordan-based group supports reporters taking chances in this fledgling movement

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The art of the obituary: It’s a dying one

February 21, 2017

As newsrooms shrink, a former obit writer mourns the loss of bustling staffs that took deadline dives into fascinating lives, and looks fondly at the New York Times piece marking the death of an old favorite, James Thurber

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Trying to find the dividing line between “travel writing” and “writing about place”

February 2, 2017

Two-time Pulitzer winner Paul Salopek, now on a years-long trek that is "slow journalism" personified, and two others talk about storytelling that happens to involve travel

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Author Caroline Paul: “Adventures are simply stories in action”

November 1, 2016

The former firefighter (and failed luge superstar) talks about learning things the hard way -- and using that in her storytelling

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The poetics of documentary at the Camden International Film Festival

September 22, 2016

Film editor Joe Bini talks about finding the true story in images rather than words, and two films test that theory (and throw in some poetic words, too)