Story Craft

A podcast focused on diversity practices what it preaches

July 1, 2022

"Immigrantly" podcast creator and host works with a team of writers who will challenge her — and she them — as they prepare questions for guests

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2022 Power of Narrative: The matrix of editor, reporter and story

May 5, 2022

How a longtime contributor and a top editor at The New York Times Magazine work together to create award-winning journalism

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2022 Power of Narrative: Expert advice on covering drug addiction

April 28, 2022

Veteran social issues reporters Beth Macy and Martha Bebinger balance clear-eyed reporting with sensitive interviewing

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2022 Power of Narrative: Debbie Cenziper on the reporting-writing partnership

April 26, 2022

The author and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter gave her investigative pieces a human face and supported her writing with fair, factual reporting

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2022 Power of Narrative: Lizzie Johnson on questions that shape deadline narratives

April 21, 2022

As the wildfire reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Johnson looked beyond events to people and place for award-winning work

Editor’s note: This is the first of five posts from the 2022 Power of Narrative conference at Boston University. For other takeaways, read Lizzie Johnson on deadline narrative and Debbie Cenziper on investigative narratives. New York Times reporter Ellen Barry built… Read More

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A key to clear, accessible writing: Familiar analogies to describe the complex

April 8, 2022

Novelist David Guterson uses common comparisons to calculate the likelihood of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest

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So you want to write a book? Part 2: Agents, queries and timelines

February 23, 2022

Newspaperman-turned-author Bryan Denson shares how he organizes his notes and timelines for books

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So you want to write a book? Part 1: Have a strong story and resilient ego

February 22, 2022

Newspaper reporter Bryan Denson outlines how he went from rejection to multiple book contracts

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Sticking a story together — and nailing the structure

February 2, 2022

A top Danish journalist uses a one-word theme and color-coded Post-its to find the path through her stories

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An editor’s sensitive guide to interviewing victims of trauma

January 20, 2022

Narrative editor Jan Winburn created a class at the University of Montana focused on "The Worst Day Ever: Writing about Trauma"

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Reconstructing 72 hours of life and death under the “heat dome”

January 11, 2022

A veteran weather reporter from Portland, Oregon, is taken back to summer's swelter by a New Yorker piece that charted the human cost of rising temps