Impressive feat: In 2016, Jessica Rinaldi won a Pulitzer prize for feature photography and was also named a finalist in the same category for her story about a single mother from East Boston who was addicted to heroin and struggling to hold her family together.

Narrative News

The Power of Narrative conference captures the #MeToo zeitgeist

March 29, 2018

With writers like Roxane Gay, the Globe's Sacha Pfeiffer and The New York Times' Emily Steel, the yearly gathering focused on the uncomfortable truths of sexual abuse

Why is it so great? I found this quote from the absolutely amazing Ida B. Wells after The New York Times righted an old wrong by publishing her obit — almost exactly 87 years after … Read more

5 Questions

Amy Padnani on The New York Times’ “Overlooked” obituary series

March 27, 2018

The digital editor of obituaries talks about finally giving women and people of color their due -- and how she's been "blown away" by the reaction

Narrative News

As spring begins, a last look at winter and its juxtaposition of beauty and hardship

March 23, 2018

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Story Craft

In Sicily, an old oral storytelling tradition tries to renew itself in the 21st century

March 22, 2018

The once-popular puppet shows, which showcase the Italian island's rich heritage, hopes to win new audiences with modern themes

This 1961 book has haunted me since I first read it about 15 years ago. Written at the birth of suburbia, and the accompanying conformity of such neighborhoods, it tells the story of a couple … Read more

Why's This So Good?

Katharine Seelye and “Life on an Island: Silence, Beauty and a Long Wait for the Ferry”

March 20, 2018

In a lyrical New York Times story that resonated with readers, the writer juxtaposes the hardship and the loveliness of winter on a remote Maine island

Narrative News

Polar opposites: Exploring some very cool writing, the he said/she said version

March 16, 2018

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Why's This So Good?

Eva Holland and “Get Schooled in the No-Nonsense Art of Survival”

March 15, 2018

Writing for Outside magazine on an "Extreme Polar" camp, she decides to focus on fun -- and wonder -- instead of macho explorer suffering

Notable Narratives

Writing through a whiteout: David Grann and “The White Darkness”

March 13, 2018

In his New Yorker piece on an explorer following Shackleton's footsteps in Antarctica, the reporter struggled through his own writing blizzard

Narrative News

We’re as mad as hell and we’re going to go on Twitter and say so

March 9, 2018

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