The Beatles in 1967

Personal Essays

A journalist’s journey into her family story leads to a history of American pie

November 26, 2021

Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle baked a humble dessert into a big idea

Personal Essays

Two Native American journalists talk turkey about Thanksgiving

November 24, 2021

University of Montana journalist Jason Begay, of the Navajo Nation, talks to Washington Post journalist Dana Hedgpeth, of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, about living with and correcting history

Story Annotations

A profile of one family divided by vaccine politics reflects the divide of a nation

November 23, 2021

Peter Jamison of The Washington Post immerses into the emotional chasm of a family struggling with divergent views and a sudden death

Why's This So Good?

Nerding out on big weather, a big lake and and a little Gordon Lightfoot

November 19, 2021

An editor's questions led data reporter Greta Kaul of MinnPost to explore new territory in a much-covered event

From the Editor

The spiraling nature of news

November 17, 2021

Connecting the dots between current news, past events and future implications can help readers understand context and significance

Notable Narratives

Editing advice from the world’s best story critic: a child

November 16, 2021

A writer's 4-year-old offers a lesson in the essentials of effective narrative

From the Editor

Stumbling into a social media community

November 11, 2021

A local BuyNothing website becomes a sense of neighborhood connection

Story Craft

#7 rule of pitching: Prove your skills and your passion

November 10, 2021

Pitching a story you want to pursue is not the time to hide your light under that proverbial bushel — or to sell what you can't deliver

Story Annotations

Immersing into the lives of children damaged by gun violence, and laws that don’t stop it

November 5, 2021

John Woodrow Cox of The Washington Post talks to kids like an adult, sits on their bedroom floors, and doesn't push until they're OK with him

One Great Moment

“That’s what writing is, after all the nonsense…”

November 4, 2021

Ocean Vuong in his novel, "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous"

Personal Essays

50 shades of nuance in a polarized world

November 3, 2021

An essayist ponders when to write black-and-white polemics that attract clicks, and when to be more considered