Dustin Renwick took on the McArdle family recipe for pumpkin pie, but substituted brown sugar for granulated. He made the crust from scratch, using a favorite cookbook.

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

Story Craft

Nut grafs: Triptych III ~ Sex, Springsteen and late-night rambles

October 29, 2021

Quick and creative musings on the hunt for a story's center

Story Craft

Nut grafs: Triptych II ~ Pointed questions, including WHOGAS?

October 28, 2021

More pro tips on teaching, coaching and editing the nut of a story