Story Craft

Five immersive photographers share their experiences on gaining trust

April 19, 2018

How do they gain access to private, and often painful, lives? “Consider what you’re asking of people. Sometimes it just takes time and patience.”

Why is it great? You know how it seems like spring will never arrive, you wait and you wait, and it’s dreary and cold, and then suddenly, in one day, it seems to arrive? In … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: The story ideas Mother Jones’ managing editor wants to see

April 17, 2018

The magazine is known for its hard-hitting investigations, but Ian Gordon says, “We write so much about bad actors that we're always looking for people to bring some levity to leaven the mix"

Narrative News

“London is a very dangerous subject for a writer, because it will always betray you”

April 13, 2018

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Why's This So Good?

It came from the sewers of London: the utterly disgusting (yet fascinating) fatberg

April 12, 2018

In The New York Times Magazine's quirky "Letter of Recommendation" column, Nicola Twilley examines the charms of a monstrous subterranean clot formed by the detritus of a genteel city

Why is it great? Well, first of all, it comes from the great Sarah Lyall, who was the longtime London correspondent for The New York Times. She has such a wonderful voice: charming, funny, intimate. Read more

Digital Storytelling

Sharing a cup of tea with London blogger “The Gentle Author”

April 10, 2018

The writer behind the popular Spitalfields Life blog talks about intimacy, forming a community and a deep love for the East End

Narrative News

Point of view: a powerful narrative tool

April 6, 2018

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

Story Craft

The New Yorker’s “Lost Giant of American Literature” and the prism of race

April 5, 2018

In both the first novel by William Melvin Kelley and recent article by Kathryn Schulz, the story of blacks is told by whites

Why is it so great? When I was looking for a One Great Sentence dealing with immigration, I was struck by the differences between America’s two presidents named Roosevelt. In the one above, FDR reminds … Read more

Digital Storytelling

Newest Americans: stories of immigrants who help make the country great

April 3, 2018

The collaborative project asks: "What could be more salient at a time when our nation is debating what it means to be American and who deserves to claim that mantle?”

Narrative News

Ida B. Wells and Roxane Gay — fierce women of color born a century apart, writing of difficult truths

March 30, 2018

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