Students from Jan Winburn's trauma reporting class at the University of Montana. Winburn is second from the left in the first row, behind her dog, Boomer.

Notable Narratives

The bold Joan Didion story you probably never read

January 13, 2022

A charter member of IRE carried lessons from Didion's probe of the 1989 Central Park jogger case throughout his career

Narrative News

Kari Howard: An editor and mentor who loved good stories and storytellers

January 12, 2022

Howard, who inspired writers at The Los Angeles Times, Reuters and Nieman Storyboard, died this week at 59

Story Craft

Reconstructing 72 hours of life and death under the “heat dome”

January 11, 2022

A veteran weather reporter from Portland, Oregon, is taken back to summer's swelter by a New Yorker piece that charted the human cost of rising temps

If this seems dated (it’s inspired by a Christmas movie, after all), consider this: The best of stories are, or should be, universal and timeless. And thus a breath-catching moment early in the recent season’s Netflix movie, “A Boy Called Christmas.”  I’ve tucked it in my… Read More

Story Annotations

How Rachel Aviv of The New Yorker exposed the “troubled teen industry”

January 6, 2022

Aviv scoured court records, social media and personal journals to reveal the abuses of a system of unregulated Christian boarding schools

Notable Narratives

Epic history that inspired epic storytelling

January 4, 2022

A team from The Washington Post re-reported and retold the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol with classic, credible and compelling journalism

Narrative News

The wisdom of babes, the sounds of music, and tasty stories to chew on

December 23, 2021

The 2021 Editor's Choice Awards go to work inspired by or about children, song and food

Narrative News

The peak posts of 2021: Hemingway, sensitive sourcing and self-editing

December 22, 2021

The 2021 Community Choice Awards, according to the analytics

Why's This So Good?

Triple muses: a lake, a children’s book and a long shower

December 21, 2021

The marketing director of an arts school draws on the rhythms of a children's book, the spirit of a lake and the mood of a season

From the Editor

Solstice stories

December 21, 2021

Some meditation while shoveling snow brings thoughts of miracles, from seasonal kindness to the daily newspapers

One Great Moment

“… sequestered neighborhoods and old hates that die hard or leave a residue …”

December 17, 2021

The character Tookie, in Louise Erdrich's novel "The Sentence"

Narrative News

Tempted to self-publish that book? Here are some things to know

December 15, 2021

Author and writing coach Chip Scanlan shares what he learned when he dared to self-publish a chapbook of interviews with writers and editors