Writing for story: craft secrets of dramatic nonfiction by a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner

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Plume, 1986 - Education - 284 pages
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The new 'nonfiction' - the adaptation of storytelling techniques to journalistic articles in the manner of Truman Capote, Tom Wolfe, and John McPhee - is an innovative genre that has been awarded virtually every Pulitzer Prize for literary journalism since 1979. Jon Franklin shares the secrets of his success. Franklin shows how to make factual pieces come alive by applying the literary techniques of complication/resolution, flashback, foreshadowing, and pace. He illustrates his points with a close analysis and annotation of two of his most acclaimed stories, so that the reader can see, step-by-step, just how they were created.

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This book was required reading for one of my college classes, and I loved it. Franklin teachers writers how to write nonfiction like fiction. He wrote Pulitzer Prize stories, including "The Ballad of Old Man Peters." This is one of my favorites stories and I reread it periodically for inspiration. 

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"And then it happens. You load one more thing into your active memory and it displaces something else. The whole structure of the story, which seemed so clear at the beginning, cracks and falls into ... Read full review


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