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Why's This So Good?

When syncopation rocks a nation: “Hamilton” enthralls fifth-graders (and parents) with a rockin’ story of history

November 28, 2018

Shop class: What the hit musical teaches about the art and reach of narrative

Annotation Tuesday!

Braving the Drake Passage, swimming with leopard seals and interviewing a non-talker

December 4, 2018

National Geographic writer Craig Welch drafts behind visual storytellers and turns silent subjects into the compelling voices of climate change

One Great Sentence

“We don’t carry that brand, but I think Gimbel’s does.”

November 28, 2018

Macy's sales clerk in "Miracle on 34th Street" (the original)

Short Takes

Large writing lessons from a small space

November 22, 2018

The many things you can learn by writing and sending thank-you notes. Bonus: You'll make someone very happy. What could be better?

One Great Sentence

“…readers want to feel secure in the hands of the author.”

November 21, 2018

Novelist John Sandford (aka Pulitzer Prize winning journalist John Camp)

Why's This So Good?

Eulogy for Paradise: A breaking news story framed as the profile and history of a town

November 15, 2018

Lizzie Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle dared a different route to a dramatic fire story

Annotation Tuesday!

Serendipity brings two men together on the football field, and in the rest of life

November 13, 2018

How Sarah Spain and a team at ESPN reported the amazing true tale of a father and son who found each other without knowing who they were

Why's This So Good?

A brother’s death, written by a sister, channeling their mother’s voice

November 8, 2018

Writer Kitty Sheehan reconstructs the day of her brother's death from her mother's perspective — observed, interviewed and imagined

Story Craft

Thoughts on voice: What it is (and isn’t). And how to find yours

November 6, 2018

A panel of writers and editors offer tips on nurturing your authentic writing voice, and modulating it for your story and audience

How do you tell the story of an extremist without allowing your own judgment to cloud your reporting? How do you interview people who are racist or violent, white supremacists or members of terrorist organizations? And why do we tell the stories of the bad guys in the first… Read More