The last day of Cathy Henkel's

Story Craft

Who, How and Why? What we can learn from an interview with the Super Bowl streaker

February 12, 2021

Lane DeGregory of the Tampa Bay Times follows her curiosity to find the scamp who interrupted the Super Bowl

One Great Moment

“… equal was the one thing all men were not.”

February 10, 2021

Rye Dolan in the novel "The Cold Millions," by Jess Walter

Why's This So Good?

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

Personal Essays

Jumpstart your writing routine: coffee, journals, sketches and postcards

February 4, 2021

A science freelancer works her way out of COVID malaise with morning writing rituals

Story Annotations

How the magic of mushrooms inspired magical science writing about ecology

February 3, 2021

Ferris Jabr follows a forest ecologist into the woods to listen to the conversations that happen above and below ground

From the Editor

Five days and five senses: Free writing as a daily practice

February 2, 2021

Prompts to help you build stronger writing muscles every day

Personal Essays

How 66 days of shell art helped a retired journalist rediscover her writing voice

January 29, 2021

Retired sports editor Cathy Henkel created a daily countdown to the presidential inauguration in shells and stones, and found herself telling stories

Narrative News

“We start with more questions than answers…”

January 27, 2021

Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron in a retirement letter to the staff

Narrative News

An imperfectly perfect photo that honored content over style

January 26, 2021

The photographer who took the soon-to-be-memed image of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders at the presidential inauguration tells Rolling Stone why he chose it

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

Narrative News

America’s first hip-hop inaugural poem ties history to the present, optimism to urgency

January 21, 2021

Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman draws on Hamilton, MLK, scripture and slavery to capture and prod America in the moment

Story Craft

#4 rule of pitching: Know what’s come before

January 20, 2021

The lack of a simple clips search can tank your idea