Broken windows in doors at the U.S. Capitol following a violent riot by pro-Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2020

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The surprising structure of a journey that inspired a surprising structure of a story

December 16, 2020

Criss-cross bicycle trips through Kazakhstan by riders with palindromic names led to a story with a palindromic structure and palindromic word play

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A profile of one place that echoes all places

November 12, 2020

How evocative imagery and telling details paint a portrait of a singular landscape that holds universal emotions and memories

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How knowing the full story process informs a writer’s work

April 8, 2020

GQ features editor Daniel Riley went back to full-time writing, drawing on what he learned as an editor

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How to wed personal experience and journalistic discipline

April 3, 2020

Narrative master Dan Barry of The New York Times draws on five universal techniques to write about his family's decision in the time of coronavirus

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What we can learn about writing and life in a graduation speech sent from a distance

March 26, 2020

A letter from Roy Peter Clark to the class of 2020 says coronavirus can remind us of "one of the greatest gifts of all: A great story"

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When a profile is also about art is also about climate change is also about grief

March 12, 2020

A science journalist kept looking for the right way to write about the emotion of climate change, and found it in the portrait of an Oregon artist

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Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant’s death inspired deadline writing as daring and creative as he was

January 28, 2020

These four pieces took different paths, each offering its own moments of elegance on elegance

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Not just another sappy Christmas story

January 3, 2020

Letters to Santa, seen through the eyes of a veteran journalist, reveal the wonders and worries of childhood

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Look at clouds from all sides now — before they’re gone

November 1, 2019

A Reuters narrative project takes readers to a weekend with cloudspotters on a wild British island to see climate change with new eyes

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Romancing the moon in the reality of time

August 15, 2019

Esquire politics blogger Charles P. Pierce shines light on the "historical transcendence" of the moon landing by framing it in a darker context

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A tribute to the “beauty and power” of work by novelist Toni Morrison

August 6, 2019

What Roy Peter Clark learned about writing from reading Toni Morrison