Walt Harrington The Elements of Narrative Nonfiction: How to Write and Sell the Novel of True Events by Peter Rubie (published in an earlier version as "Telling the Story: How to Write and Sell Narrative Nonfiction") Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction , by Lee Gutkind (less practically helpful than other books listed here) Literary Journalism, ed.Norman Sims and Mark Kramer Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example, ed.(Whether it's called narrative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, long-form journalism, creative nonfiction, or narrative journalism true stories, well-written and compelling) What is narrative nonfiction?Conferences on narrative nonfiction/longform journalism Reports from conferences Story structure and storytelling Books on the craft of narrative nonfiction Good explanations and narrative nonfiction resources Outstanding narrative nonfiction books Anthologies of short creative nonfiction Publication and sites that feature narrative nonfiction E-singles, long-form journalism, and "read later" bookmarking systems About audio narrative (including digital and radio storytelling) Multimedia journalism and storytelling Personal storytelling venues Online venues for true stories and narrative nonfiction The Moth Online examples of excellent storytelling Other venues for stories told aloud to a live audience Paris Review interviews with nonfiction authors Why's This So Good?
Alice La Plante (how writers create -- for serious writing students and teachers) The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft by Robert Boynton Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, ed. (Read online Listen (Jay Alison, Afterword to the book).The Mayborn literary nonfiction conference (Grapevine, Texas) The Power of Narrative Conference has convened in several places under several names since its founding at Boston University in 1998. Attendance is limited to 75 writers; experience (in any genre) a must.See An intimate new narrative conference, Cali style (Paige Williams, Nieman Storyboard, 6-6-14) Vanity Fairs Bryan Burrough on writing narrative: people are dying to put down your article .(Andrea Pitzer, Nieman Storyboard, 2-22-10) Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference (this link changes often--just google the name of the conference, if this one doesn't work) Learning to Listen (Gina Kolata interviews Rita Charon on narrative medicine program at Columbia, NY Times, 12-29-09) See also Writers conferences, workshops, and other learning places (a separate page on Writers and Editors) You can find further recorded talks from many of these conferences by doing an online search using the names of the conferences. Early on she talks about Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" being the best profile piece ever, because of Talese's reporting.Nieman Narrative Conference Three threats to narrative journalism that New York Times editor Bill Killer is not buying (Beth Macy, 4-27-10, reporting on Keller's talk at Nieman Narrative conference) Tips from Nieman Narrative: What Works for Readers, Editors & Sources (Bill Kirtz, Poynter) Nieman Narrations: Tips and Tales from Top Storytellers (Bill Kirtz, Poynter, 3-17-08) Tips and Tales from Some of the Best in the Business (Bll Kirtz on Nieman 2006, 11-20-06, updated 3-3-11) Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference(Grapevine, Texas, July) As experienced by Sam Eifling and described in I Heard It While in Grapevine (Columbia Journalism Review, 7-28-09) Mark Bowden on the value of beginners mind. Again, the importance of outlines (Talese's is shown) and the building of tension in the story, collecting fly-on-the-wall details ("Harlan Ellison's boots") by tracking down Harlan Ellison the next day and questioning him about the fight scene.Clicking on a title/link will take you to the page for the title, where you'll find information about the book. "Mc Phee has set the standard for the genre of creative nonfiction . by Sherry Ellis (writing exercises of masters of creative nonfiction) Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth, ed.Any purchase you make after following such a link will bring a small commission to this site (which helps support the cost of providing it). Bill Roorbach (anthology that brings together examples of all three of the main forms in the genre: the literary memoir, the personal essay, and literary journalism) Intimate Journalism: The Art and Craft of Reporting Everyday Life, ed.Susan also posted: Star-Tribs Laurie Hertzel at #BUNarrative: Write with a camera angle (on E-byline's The News Hook, 4-9-13) And here's a story about one keynote talk at the conference (also with video: Dean Starkman on the Confidence Game , in which he emphasizes that story is not everything; in the story about Enron, for example, journalists should have been thinking more about the numbers. Power of Narrative Conference 2013 Tips from Power of Narrative Conference 2013, in Boston Star-Tribs Laurie Hertzel at #BUNarrative: Write with a camera angle 10 Highlights from #BUNarrative (Susan Johnston, The Urban Muse, 4-10-13).Plus a bit about Barney Frank asking why the press has become so negative and adversarial. Avoiding story killers, finding genius moves with NYTs OLeary at #BUNarrative (Susan Johnston, The News Hook, E-byline, 4-9-13) More reports and stories from various conferences Mary Karr on truth: the least of my problems as a memoirist, as a writer, is getting my facts right (Mary Karr at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, 2010, as posted on Nieman Storyboard) Narrative tips for nonfiction writers: more from the 2010 Mayborn Conference (Tom Huang, Nieman Storyboard, 7-28-10) From research to story.With narrative nonfiction you don't present the main point in the first paragraphcompelling narrative keeps the reader reading to find out what happens, and the journey to the epiphany is half the point.Narrative nonfiction--joining good research with compelling, character-driven storytelling--reads like a novel.