Students from Jan Winburn's trauma reporting class at the University of Montana. Winburn is second from the left in the first row, behind her dog, Boomer.

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Triple muses: a lake, a children’s book and a long shower

December 21, 2021

The marketing director of an arts school draws on the rhythms of a children's book, the spirit of a lake and the mood of a season

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Nerding out on big weather, a big lake and and a little Gordon Lightfoot

November 19, 2021

An editor's questions led data reporter Greta Kaul of MinnPost to explore new territory in a much-covered event

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Plain-spoken words about the “7 stages of severe COVID death” go viral

September 28, 2021

A respiratory therapist pours her experience, frustration and grief into a journal entry that becomes a cautionary tale

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Pulitzer winner Ellen Barry solved a mystery, then questioned the mysteries of truth

March 2, 2021

"Reader, I should confess that I wanted to write the story."

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Videos taken by Parler users from the U.S. Capitol assault tell a valuable story

February 9, 2021

ProPublica collected banned videos of the insurrection from Parler posts to archive that historic day

Notable Narratives

Lessons in the purpose of poetic language from a presidential inauguration

January 21, 2021

Writing master Roy Peter Clark reflects on the power of words in politics, and how they mirror the times we live in

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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