Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the by Mark Kramer, Wendy Call

By Mark Kramer, Wendy Call

Inspiring tales and sensible recommendation from America's most useful journalists

The country's such a lot well-known newshounds and nonfiction authors assemble every year at Harvard's Nieman convention on Narrative Journalism. Telling actual tales offers their top advice—covering every little thing from discovering an outstanding subject, to structuring narrative tales, to writing and promoting your first booklet. greater than fifty famous writers provide their strongest assistance, including:

• Tom Wolfe at the emotional middle of the story

• homosexual Talese on writing approximately deepest lives

• Malcolm Gladwell at the limits of profiles

• Nora Ephron on narrative writing and screenwriters

• Alma Guillermoprieto on telling the tale and telling the truth

• Dozens of Pulitzer Prize–winning reporters from the Atlantic per thirty days, New Yorker, manhattan instances, la instances, Washington submit and extra . . .

The essays include vital information for brand new and profession newshounds, in addition to for freelance writers, radio manufacturers, and memoirists. jam-packed with refreshingly candid and insightful options, Telling precise tales will express a person fascinated with the paintings of writing nonfiction tips to carry humans, scenes, and concepts to lifestyles at the web page.

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The American edition of John Herschel’s Treatise on Astronomy, for example, appeared in . 26 The scientific discourses used in nonfictional works were the same as those used in fictional works, and it was this general delight in technical description and language that made American readers susceptible to hoaxes. ” Even after suspicions about the veracity of the moon stories spread in September , the Sun refused to admit publicly that it had pulled off an elaborate hoax at huge profit. Locke reputedly confessed his authorship of the hoax to a fellow journalist after that reporter applied to him for a full copy of the “original” text for his own paper.

Advertisement for Schenk’s Mandrake Pills Introduction In June  Joseph Pulitzer, editor of the NewYorkWorld, tried to capture the nation’s attention by staging an elaborate transportation-based stunt. He proposed sending a hot-air balloon westward from St. Louis; reporters at the newspapers he owned in both these cities would then keep readers captivated with mile-by-mile accounts of the journey. A cub reporter from Pittsburgh named Nellie Bly applied to Pulitzer to travel on the balloon, only to be rejected promptly.

The Balloon Hoax Poe’s response to the penny-paper world in  was characterized first by jealous defensiveness, then by aloof attack. Despite this posturing, nine years later Poe attempted to mimic and manipulate the very popular success he had criticized in , by writing another hoax and publishing it in, of all places, the New York Sun. Early in , Poe, finding himself in dire financial straits, had moved from Philadelphia to New York to seek new fortunes. Hoping to spark a public sensation and earn the wide audience  Narrating the News and public reputation that he simultaneously disparaged and craved, Poe attempted a large-scale hoax modeled on Locke’s earlier work.

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