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.
This anthology edited by Kramer (director & writer-in-residence, Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism, Harvard Univ.) and Call (writer-in-residence, Richard Hugo House, Seattle) provides advice from 51 nonfiction writers, including notables Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, and Nora Ephron. Nearly all of the entries originated from presentations given at Harvard's Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Writers coming to this book should not expect one clear-cut path for producing strong nonfiction; instead, the book provides pointed but wide-ranging advice on writing-a good illustration of the creativity behind nonfiction and the individuality of the writing process. There is enough variety for almost any nonfiction writer to find inspiration and guidance. Topics include interviewing techniques, storytelling, using tape recorders and notebooks, developing characters and scenes, and editing. The section titled "Building a Career in Magazines and Books" will especially help new writers. Recommended for larger public libraries; highly recommended for academic libraries that support writing programs.-Stacy Russo, California State Univ. Lib., Fullerton Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.