Cutler Harbor on the northern coast of Maine.

Story Craft

Sage writing advice from the editor of Column One

June 9, 2021

Steve Padilla of the Los Angeles Times urges writers to tune up their writing with song

One Great Moment

“I spent my career writing hard news. That’s me.”

June 8, 2021

John N. Maclean in an interview about his memoiristic new book "Home Waters"

Story Annotations

How a story originally reported for print was transformed for audio

June 3, 2021

The annotation of a This American Life episode shows how the same reporting was used to explore another aspect of the same story

Notable Narratives

A radio producer and print reporters partner on a narrative for multiple platforms

June 2, 2021

"The fundamental building blocks of the story will be your scaffolding," says This American Life producer Robyn Semien

Narrative News

Sharpen your narrative journalism skills in 2021 at these writers’ conferences

February 17, 2021

(Updated June 1, 2021) A developing list of gatherings you can attend in person or online

From the Editor

How Memorial Day memories become today’s stories

May 31, 2021

Anniversaries and rituals can inspire curiosity which turns into creative enterprise

Story Craft

#5 rule of pitching: Make it sparkle

May 28, 2021

Don't lose an interesting idea in a boring pitch

From the Editor

How lessons from past stories can inform future stories

May 26, 2021

Dissect early-career story adventures to discover tools and techniques you can use to report, write, edit and teach

One Great Moment

“…silence so dense it became its own sound.”

May 25, 2021

From a profile of place, by Dennis Lehane in his 2017 novel, "Since We Fell."

Story Annotations

Embedding with EMTs to write about the first line of COVID first responders

May 21, 2021

Ava Kofman of ProPublica blended contextual and records reporting with intimate narrative interviews and observation

Digital Storytelling

Video essentials, solo production and — of course — camera gear

May 19, 2021

Field Testing - Episode 5: To end the series, Alexander Trowbridge grabbed a clamp and a camera to record a few final thoughts

From the Editor

Writing: Nine parts mechanic, one part muse

May 20, 2021

Some thoughts on the work it takes to create the art