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From the Editor

How narratives defined a Queen and a Queen changed a narrative

September 13, 2022

The life and death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II can be seen through disdain for monarchy or as an insightful view of history

Story Craft

What stacking wood can teach us about structuring stories

September 7, 2022

Author and wood-splitter Kim Cross tackles a mountain of firewood, which helps her work through the mountainous first draft of a story

Strictly Q&A

So you want to write book? A long journey from newspaper reporter to book author

September 6, 2022

In "The Diary of a Misfit," Casey Parks' had to let go of some journalistic boundaries to write about being queer in the religious, rural South

From the Editor

Teaching (or learning) story craft? Storyboard is here to help

September 2, 2022

A sampling of possibilities on how to use Storyboard in your journalism and writing classes

Strictly Q&A

Combing through clips, records and emotions for lessons from the past

September 1, 2022

A Los Angeles Times reporter revisited a little-known U.S. Supreme Court abortion rights case that helped pave the way for Roe v. Wade

From the Editor

Cutting through compassion fatigue with sensory writing

August 29, 2022

The editor reflects on war stories that reach through distraction, make the abstract real and bring the faraway close

Story Craft

Hacking and whacking the way to writing clarity — and pie

August 25, 2022

An author and freelancer contemplates story craft as she tames and harvests the blackberry brambles on her land

From the Editor

Storytelling that reaches through your feet to your soul

August 23, 2022

A Chicks concert delivers a strong through-line in percussive, sequined, unapologetic multilmedia

Story Annotations

The Pitch: Landing a “definitive narrative” in The Atavist Magazine

August 18, 2022

Editor Seyward Darby: "I definitely want people who are willing to strip a story down to its basics and figure out how to build it back up." 

Strictly Q&A

Four years of reporting follows new threads in a previously reported crime story

August 17, 2022

Katia Savchuk spent a year pre-reporting before she pitched The Atavist on a nuanced story of crime and mental illness

From the Editor

J-school everywhere, everyday

August 16, 2022

A new school year comes with potential, but the lessons needed for great story work are all around us

Story Craft

Not just SayWhat, but SezWho?

August 12, 2022

A magazine writer and editor argues that it's not enough to fact-check our reporting.— we have to know-check our conclusions