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Telling True Stories

Telling True Stories - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0452287556

Cover of Telling True Stories 07 (ISBN 978-0452287556)
ISBN13: 978-0452287556
ISBN10: 0452287553
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Plume Books
Published: 2007
International: No

List price: $17.00

Telling True Stories - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0452287556

Mark Kramer

ISBN13: 978-0452287556
ISBN10: 0452287553
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Plume Books

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

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 .

Table of Contents

Stories matter p. 3
Delving into private lives p. 6
The narrative idea p. 10
Difficult journalism that's slap-up fun p. 14
Finding good topics : a writer's questions p. 20
Finding good topics : an editor's questions p. 22
Reporting for narrative : ten overlapping rules p. 24
To tape or not to tape? p. 28
Interviewing : accelerated intimacy p. 30
The psychological interview p. 34
Participatory reporting : sending myself to prison p. 35
Being there p. 39
Not always being there p. 45
Reporting across cultures p. 46
Reporting on your own p. 48
Field notes to full draft p. 51
Doing enough reporting? p. 54
From story idea to published story p. 55
(Narrative) J school for people who never went p. 59
Profiles p. 66
The ladder of abstraction p. 70
Every profile is an epic story p. 71
The limits of profiles p. 73
Travel writing : inner and outer journeys p. 74
The personal essay and the first-person character p. 78
First personal singular : sometimes, it is about you p. 81
Columns : intimate public conversations p. 83
Writing about history p. 86
Adventures in history Melissa p. 88
Narrative investigative writing p. 89
Public radio : community storytelling p. 92
What narrative writers can learn from screenwriters p. 98
To begin the beginning p. 100
Narrative distance p. 103
Hearing our subjects' voices : quotes and dialogue p. 104
Hearing our subjects' voices : keeping it real and true p. 107
A story structure p. 109
Summary versus dramatic narrative p. 111
Weaving story and idea p. 112
Endings p. 116
Character p. 126
Details matter p. 128
Developing character p. 129
Reconstructing scenes p. 132
A reconstructed scene p. 135
Setting the scene p. 136
Handling time p. 139
Sequencing : text as line p. 140
Writing complicated stories p. 145
How I get to the point p. 148
The emotional core of the story p. 149
Telling the story, telling the truth p. 154
On voice p. 158
The line between fact and fiction p. 164
Toward an ethical code for narrative journalists p. 170
Playing fair with subjects p. 172
Securing consent p. 176
Truth and consequences p. 177
Dealing with danger : protecting your subject and your story p. 178
A dilemma of immersion journalism p. 182
Ethics in personal writing p. 184
Taking liberties : the ethics of the truth p. 187
The ethics of attribution p. 189
What about endnotes? p. 192
On style p. 198
A writer and editor talk shop p. 202
Revising - over and over again p. 205
Transforming one hundred notebooks into thirty-five thousand words p. 208
How to come lip short p. 212
Narrative in four boxes p. 216
Serial narratives p. 218
Care and feeding of editors and writers p. 221
Beginning in narrative p. 228
A brief history of narrative in newspaper p. 230
Nurturing narrative in the newsroom p. 233
A storyteller's Lexicon p. 235
Narrative as a daily habit p. 239
Building a narrative team p. 243
Two visions, one series : a writer and an editor talk about what they do p. 246
Team storytelling p. 251
Photographer as narrative storyteller p. 254
Subversive storytellers : starting a narrative group p. 256
Making it as a freelancer p. 264
Not stopping : time management for writers p. 268
Lessons from the jury box p. 271
Working with an agent Melissa p. 272
What makes a good book? p. 274
From book idea to book contract p. 276
Your book and the marketplace p. 278
Crossing over : from advocacy to narrative p. 281
A passion for writing p. 284
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