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.

Why's This So Good?

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

One Great Moment

“… sequestered neighborhoods and old hates that die hard or leave a residue …”

December 17, 2021

The character Tookie, in Louise Erdrich's novel "The Sentence"

Narrative News

Tempted to self-publish that book? Here are some things to know

December 15, 2021

Author and writing coach Chip Scanlan shares what he learned when he dared to self-publish a chapbook of interviews with writers and editors

From the Editor

The multiplier effect of one good teacher

December 14, 2021

The death last week of writing coach Don Fry inspires a consideration of the unmappable influence of one special teacher

Strictly Q&A

How an “immersionist” held up the story of one homeless child as “a mirror to America”

December 10, 2021

Pulitzer-winner Andrea Elliott of The New York Times followed a homeless child named Dasani for eight years, from newspaper project to book

From the Editor

Writing that dares to sing

December 8, 2021

Playing with "what if?" can send stories into new and creative directions

Strictly Q&A

Reporting the untold tales of executioners’ songs

December 3, 2021

South Carolina reporter Chiara Eisner used public records and sensitive sourcing to tell stories of people who execute condemned prisoners

Narrative News

How to tell a good story, by Stephen Sondheim: Hummable helps

November 30, 2021

Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri pays tribute to the musical theater genius and "artifice (that) is in service of a higher truth."

Personal Essays

A journalist’s journey into her family story leads to a history of American pie

November 26, 2021

Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle baked a humble dessert into a big idea

Personal Essays

Two Native American journalists talk turkey about Thanksgiving

November 24, 2021

University of Montana journalist Jason Begay, of the Navajo Nation, talks to Washington Post journalist Dana Hedgpeth, of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, about living with and correcting history

Story Annotations

A profile of one family divided by vaccine politics reflects the divide of a nation

November 23, 2021

Peter Jamison of The Washington Post immerses into the emotional chasm of a family struggling with divergent views and a sudden death

Why's This So Good?

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