5 Questions

Avi Selk eulogizes the long life and too-soon death of Spider 16, and what she taught us

July 18, 2018

In his elegiac profile, the Washington Post general assignment reporter talks about finding gems in previously published work, and doing it all on deadline

Notable Narratives

Can you say … Thanks, and we miss you?

July 13, 2018

On Mister Rogers, Tom Junod and the art of reverence

Why it’s so great: Tyler is a novelist, not a journalist. But the work of writing is the work of writing. In this New York Times profile by Charles McGrath  – based on a rare … Read more

Why's This So Good?

Shadows cast on the love of a game

July 3, 2018

How the profile of a sweet sport led to news scoops and a dark mystery, and how the mystery drove a narrative

Maryland Capital Gazette deputy editor Rob Hiassen Joshua McKerrow, Capital Gazette Why is this so great? Before we … Read more

Story Craft

Learning to see beyond first sight

June 28, 2018

Insights from a writing practice at the water's edge

One Great Sentence

“They have to do everything the men did, except backwards and with ideals.”

June 20, 2018

Amanda Hess, New York Times Critic's Notebook June 12, 2018

Annotation Tuesday!

Feeding the world – and feeling despair

June 11, 2018

A former farmer turns to writing to uncover the global crisis of farmer suicides – and plants the seeds of a response

Why is it so great? I have come to love bagpipes, perhaps because they conjur special moments in my life, perhaps because they are rooted in my maternal heritage. But I know many cringe at … Read more

From Nieman Reports

Beyond Boko Haram: Pictures from Nigeria

June 7, 2018

Photojournalist Rahima Gambo invited schoolgirls to collaborate with her to create images reflecting intimate moments of joy and playfulness that challenge our perceptions of victimhood and war

Why is it great? I read Allison’s “Bastard Out of Carolina” when it was first published, about the time I was covering a range of social justice issues – gender, race, class, sexual orientation. I … Read more