Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University (Google eBook)

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Mark Kramer, Wendy Call
Penguin, Jan 30, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 336 pages
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Inspiring stories and practical advice from America’s most respected journalists

The country’s most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors gather each year at Harvard’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Telling True Stories presents their best advice—covering everything from finding a good topic, to structuring narrative stories, to writing and selling your first book. More than fifty well-known writers offer their most powerful tips, including:
Tom Wolfe on the emotional core of the story
Gay Talese on writing about private lives
Malcolm Gladwell on the limits of profiles
Nora Ephron on narrative writing and screenwriters
Alma Guillermoprieto on telling the story and telling the truth
• Dozens of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists from the Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and more . . .

The essays contain important counsel for new and career journalists, as well as for freelance writers, radio producers, and memoirists. Packed with refreshingly candid and insightful recommendations, Telling True Stories will show anyone fascinated by the art of writing nonfiction how to bring people, scenes, and ideas to life on the page.

  

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Concrete, specific, absurdly readable advice. - Goodreads
Amazing book for any journalist or writer. - Goodreads
Great insights from top non-fiction writers. - Goodreads
As a nonfiction freelance writer, I enjoyed this book. - Goodreads
For anyone who appreciate writing well an - Goodreads
A must read for any non fiction writer - Goodreads

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Such a good read! Narrative journalists on narrative journalism - it had to be a good book, and it was! So much to learn and so inspiring - I wanted to read each and every story ever written by these people. Read full review

Review: Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University

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Such a good read! Narrative journalists on narrative journalism - it had to be a good book, and it was! So much to learn and so inspiring - I wanted to read each and every story ever written by these people. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Settling In
The Glimmer
Funnel Discovery
CradletoCurrent Profile
Paragraph Profile
Your subject is as complicated as you are
Your subject carries a burden as heavy as yours
Reporting
Thinking
Caring for Editors
Early Editor Involvement
Information Management
Clear Review Process
Talk to strangers
Eat lunch alone

Camera and Microphone Control
Emotional Weight
Study the natural sequence first
Report and write along a clear simple line
Zoom in
Slow down
Learn to crescendo
All right here goes but I feel as if my petticoat is showing
Restore wornout words
Use concrete detail
Cultivate your own style
Celebrate losers
Work holidays
Think of a story idea that only you can write
Basic Skills
The Art of Writing
Anthologies of Narrative Nonfiction
Critical Issues in Narrative Nonfiction
Works of Memoir and Personal Essay
Works of Fiction and Poetry
Copyright

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