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 ...Read MoreInspiring 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.Read Less
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The various authors, all fairly well-known as experts in at least one particular style of writing nonfiction, all provide useful insight on how to write engaging nonfiction. The diversity of both perspectives and writing tips is astounding, making this a wonderful go-to guide for writers of nonfiction. The only drawback is that some information/advice gets repeated several times among different authors, but taking in the same advice twice is a small price to pay for the quality of insight contained in this volume. Kramer and Call also offer helpful introductions to each chapter. Highly recommended.
May 24, 2007
A thorough approach
The book is very helpful with many ideas, especially for beginning writers. But it is also less inspiring than I thought it would be - bogged down by too many viewpoints and political correctness. It might not stir your soul, but you will write better and sell yourself better after having read this book.
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