Men try to escape from a balcony of the Intercontinental Hotel after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 21, 2018, two-and-a-half years before the Taliban reclaimed the country. Gunmen stormed the hotel and set off a 12-hour gun battle with security forces that continued into Sunday morning, as frantic guests tried to escape from fourth and fifth-floor windows.

From the Editor

Remembering Memorial Day ~ and the sparks of fresh stories

May 27, 2024

The editor urges a consideration of anniversary and holiday events as doorways to original story work

Notable Narratives

Essential Breslin: Artful narrative by a master of journalistic craft

May 21, 2024

A new anthology of stories by the New York City columnist is analyzed for the deadline work that underlies his timeless art

Personal Essays

Early influencers in a writing life

May 17, 2024

Journalist, nonfiction author and teacher Ben Yagoda returns to some of the passages that inspired his career and helped shape his voice

Why's This So Good?

A brutal murder, a welcoming pub and an elegiac essay of place

May 15, 2024

An Irish Times writer refused the easy draw of a lurid murder, and instead delivered a deadline ode to community

From the Editor

How to nurture an editor-reporter partnership

May 14, 2024

The editor (and former reporter) reflects on the imperative of knowing and respecting each others' roles

Strictly Q&A

What makes an effective editor? Flexibility, mutual trust and chocolate chips

May 10, 2024

A new Storyboard series starts with Atlantic national editor Scott Stossel talking about what he brings to stories and writers

Story Craft

From the solid foundation of articles to the creative reach of stories

May 9, 2024

A college journalism student and aspiring writer shares what she's learning about the power of both factual and descriptive reporting

From the Editor

Books are more than their covers

May 7, 2024

The editor remembers one of her most treasured books, which she will never read but tells a universal story

Narrative News

How to stop “performing” and write as only you can write

May 2, 2024

Author, journalist and narrative teacher Steve Almond offers self-aware writing advice in a new "DIY manual for the construction of stories"

Story Craft

How to turn all that “stuff” into narrative

May 1, 2024

Practical tips from nonfiction author Elizabeth Mehren on how to create compelling nonfiction from mounds of research and interviews

From the Editor

Journalism awards: Free j-school

April 30, 2024

Contest winners and finalists, chosen by fellow professionals, demonstrate journalistic standards and purpose, and reflect the times we live in

Story Craft

2024 Power of Narrative: “Be human first” when covering trauma and children

April 25, 2024

From pool drownings to school shootings, John Woodrow Cox shares lessons on reporting violence through the voices of children (and others)