Romanian orphans pass away their hours without toys at Bucharest's Number One Orphanage in Bucharest, Romania, February 14, 1991. Many of Romania's approximate 100,000 orphans found homes with foreign adopting parents in the 1980s and '90s, but the government tightened up adoption rules to stop profiteering baby traders. Over the years, many adoptive families faced serious challenges with children who were unable to adjust.

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Writing rituals: Superstition or productivity?

August 12, 2020

A book captures the obsessive habits of great authors — quirks that writing coach Chip Scanlan says help writers focus and summon the Muse

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What crisis reporting can teach about better sports reporting

June 30, 2020

An award-winning sports reporter draws on three tools to find relevant stories in any situation

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The challenge of precision: As descriptors evolve, the press must be clear

June 18, 2020

A resource offers terms and definitions within the world of LGBTQ+

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Building writing muscles — a postcard a day

April 28, 2020

An award-winning sports reporter learns to relax his professional writing by penning personal notes on postcards

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A Writer’s Survival Guide: Tips for defying distraction

April 23, 2020

One moderately productive, relatively-sane freelancer’s approach to writing through a crisis

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Deadline writing when the world is in chaos, your house is imploding and kids are home from school

April 22, 2020

While much of the world has altered its pace during the coronavirus, deadline demands have not

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Teaching narrative in the time of coronavirus

April 16, 2020

A former Washington Post editor retrofits a journalism class at Stanford — and finds many of the best reporting tools still fit

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Six core questions to spark fresh ideas

April 1, 2020

Shop class: What we can learn about finding and focusing original enterprise stories from watching the early days of coronavirus coverage

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Stories are read twice in readers’ minds: Once for information, then for meaning

March 11, 2020

Writing scholar Roy Peter Clark focuses his lens on "double vision" reading, and offers lessons for how writing can support that

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The shift of “branches” in a sentence creates shifts in mood and meaning

February 21, 2020

Writing guru Roy Peter Clark shows how a single, long sentence reveals the power of an overlooked writing tool: the placement of the main clause

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How writers show you the love

February 13, 2020

Shop Class: A Valentine's Day special on putting emotion into your stories

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A blocked writer rediscovers her voice as she discovers America’s national parks

February 6, 2020

How a daily free write from the open road unlocked the door to stories