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Barbara Mahany and the spiritual landscape

By Story Craft October 1, 2014

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the newest installment of “Writing the Book,” an occasional Storyboard feature in which journalists turned authors discuss the challenges of creating their work. In this essay, freelancer and 2013 Nieman affiliate Barbara Mahany explores how she … Read more

Reporting and writing historical narrative: Author Adam Hochschild on accessible prose + scene/setting + character + plot

By Story Craft June 29, 2014

Several years ago, Adam Hochschild, the acclaimed author of King Leopold’s Ghost and other nonfiction narratives, told a Vanderbilt University audience that academic writing doesn’t have to be boring. Scholars of history and science — theoretically any discipline — can use basic storytelling techniques … Read more