John W. Hinckley, Jr., who tried to assassinate President Reagan, was found not guilty by reason of insanity. At the workshop, one speaker singled out a story in The New York Times on murderers.

“There is a time to write and a time to walk and a time to reflect and a time to act”

January 12, 2018

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Why's This So Good?

“The Uncounted”: combining the power of narrative with an 18-month investigation

January 11, 2018

For The New York Times Magazine, Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal humanize the victims as they reveal undercounts of Iraqi civilian deaths by U.S. airstrikes

In August 1991, I read John Cheever’s journal excerpts published in The New Yorker. I was a 19-year-old college dropout, a waitress, and in the half hour before starting my shift, I sat outside my local … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

Annotation Tuesday: Elizabeth Weil and “The Curse of the Bahia Emerald”

January 9, 2018

The writer talks about her Coen Brothers-ish caper in Wired, the importance of voice, and her fondness for "poignant, hapless conmen who can't let go"

Narrative News

For the New Year, a little bit of hope and a little bit of help

January 5, 2018

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Story Craft

Start 2018 out right with some literary journalism conferences and workshops

January 4, 2018

Beginning with The Power of Narrative's "Telling True Stories in Turbulent Times," learn how to hone your skills this year (and take a fun trip too)

This line comes from the last of Eliot’s “Four Quartets,” and it is a sometimes terrifying poem, full of fiery images like this striking one: The dove descending breaks the air With flame of incandescent … Read more

Narrative News

Some legends of longform on the stories we need next

January 2, 2018

Susan Orlean, Pamela Colloff and other journalism heroes talk about why they think narrative is worthwhile, and what inspires them in grim times

Narrative News

Want to read some of the best literary journalism of 2017? We’ve got you covered

December 22, 2017

A weekly roundup of some favorite things, for your reading and listening pleasure

Why's This So Good?

“Draft No. 4”: the legendary John McPhee’s “master class in the writer’s craft”

December 21, 2017

Who *wouldn't* want to learn the secrets of one of the best literary journalists of the last 50 years? Do we see any hands at all? Didn't think so.

It’s hard to cull just one sentence from Sedaris’ embedded reporting on being a helper at Santaland, a place he describes as “a real wonderland” with a path taking visitors through the “ten thousand sparkling … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: a veteran freelancer on pitching The New York Times Magazine and more

December 19, 2017

Reporter (and editor) Paul Tullis has been on both sides of the pitching process; here, he annotates his "Into the Wildfires" proposal