Jerry Foster was a daredevil helicopter pilot who helped changed the face of TV news.

Why is it great? This gorgeous definition of poetry could easily apply to literary journalism. Some of the best stories aren’t about something we’ve never heard of, but illuminates something we pass every day unseen in … Read more

Story Craft

Finding lessons for literary journalism in the poetry of Rust Belt chronicler Phil Levine

December 5, 2017

 His poems about his hometown, Detroit, were almost cinematic in a precision of detail that would embarrass the most economic writer

Narrative News

The power of historical nonfiction: “Let me tell you what happened right on this spot a long time ago”

December 1, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Bridget Huber and “The Living Disappeared” of Argentina

November 30, 2017

The California Sunday piece unpacks loss and resilience in the aftermath of the country's military dictatorship through the story of one family

Why is it great? I’ve never read Bierce’s satirical dictionary, but after coming across this sentence, it’s on the list.  With just a few words, he conjures up the dreariness of the month (with something … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

Matthew Pearl and “Into the Shadows” (Filed under: You can’t make this stuff up)

November 28, 2017

The historical novelist talks about his Boston Globe Magazine yarn and how he answered the question, "Who were America's first detectives?"

Narrative News

We look under the storytelling hood, with great tips on pitching *and* writing

November 17, 2017

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

Narrative News

Reporter Tom French and “the three most beautiful words in the English language: What happens next?”

November 16, 2017

In a remarkable speech at the recent Power of Storytelling gathering in Romania, the Pulitzer-winning writer is true to the conference's name

Why is it great? I admire the way Dillard turns a piece of natural science into a narrative of anticipation during which no human being makes an entrance.  The aurora borealis, better known as the … Read more

Annotation Tuesday!

The Pitch: How to get the attention of a senior editor at Smithsonian Magazine

November 14, 2017

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz says of story pitches she accepts: "There has to be something surprising and narratively interesting there."

Narrative News

“Won’t it be a fine day when anthology specifically focused on women journalists won’t make any sense?”

November 10, 2017

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

5 Questions

5(ish) Questions: Holly Gleason and “Woman Walk the Line: How the Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives”

November 9, 2017

The editor of the new anthology talks about the joys of being subversive and using country music to talk about female empowerment