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From five minutes to finished

October 18, 2019

A writer and physician stumbles into a solution for writing fast and relaxed. Sleep is required.

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Relentless research, fevered rewrites, endless edits ~ plus a coat and tie

October 15, 2019

Lessons from biographer Robert Caro's instructive mini-memoir "Working"

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The story in the music — and the music in how the story is written

September 25, 2019

Shop class: A retired journalist coaxes college students to find the magic of words in everything from poetry to the Bible to rap to country music

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If it was good enough for Jane Austen …

September 13, 2019

A reluctant reconsideration of "they" as a singular pronoun, with a short plea for pronoun clarity

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Shop class: Stuck before you start? Eat a cookie, take a walk, set it out for the elves

August 28, 2019

Advice to a blocked writer from others who have suffered the same

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Lessons from a relentless “Reporter”

August 16, 2019

Gleaning fundamental wisdom from the dogged work of Seymour Hersh

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Roy Peter Clark on the search for the “embedded narrative”

May 21, 2019

How to find a compelling storyline in arts coverage — or any beat topic

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Foreshadow forward; echo back

May 2, 2019

The art of the "callback" in comedy, film, literature and journalism: When repetition isn't redundancy, but theme and structure

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A young journalist is inspired by fickle spring weather (and an old newspaper story)

April 30, 2019

How a 300-word assignment, and a quick read of Ken Fuson's "What a Day!" from 1995, was channeled into a nonfiction prose poem

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Learning from what seem the unkindest cuts

April 23, 2019

A science journalist comes to terms with what is lost — and not — when favorite passages are edited out of her long-form story

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Hitting home runs with story pitches

April 5, 2019

Agents and editors at the 2019 Power of Narrative conference lob feedback and advice in a live pitch session

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Probing dark corners and dark souls

April 5, 2019

The risks and rewards of covering society's monsters: Insights from the 2019 Power of Narrative conference