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"Theres only one way I know to get people to the end of the story... There has to be a holdback." Narrative nonfiction events and conferencesis there something here for you?
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.
Andrea Pitzer's Nieman Storyboard report from the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.
Bowden is the author of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War Narrative tips for nonfiction writers: more from the 2010 Mayborn Conference (Tom Huang, 7-28-10) Colin Harrison and Sam Gwynne on the editor-writer partnership, going deep and the difference between a subject and a story Boston University (BUniverse) talks on narrative nonfiction, many of them from the 2012 Narrative Arc conference (videotapes): 300 Little Words: How to Write Narrative Short and Good (Roy Peter Clark's talk, which starts at about minute 9 or 10) What It Takes: Getting Stories Told in the New World of Narrative Nonfiction (panelists Ken Auletta, Jill Abramson, Hampton Sides, Amanda Urban, and John Stauffer discuss what it takes to be a long-form narrative nonfiction writer in todays fast-evolving technological world) Clearing Space for the Agenda: Setting Narrative in Digital Journalism (Dean Sparkman) Jill Abramson: The Power of Narrative The Moth & Friends: The Rise of Stories Out Loud (Jay Allison, independent broadcast journalist, curator and producer of The Moth Radio Hour) Beyond the "Like" Button: Digitally Addictive Storytelling and the Brain (Amy OLeary, a news editor and multimedia producer for The New York Times) Reaching New Audiences with Digital Devices (Jill Abramson, Managing Editor for the New York Times) The Power of Narrative: The Rebirth of Storytelling (about storytelling in all kinds of media, on all kinds of platforms--held at Boston University).
An excellent book on the craft of short narrative nonfiction from the former managing editor of the Oregonian, who guided several Pulitzer Prizewinning narratives to publication.
Jack Hart was hands-down the best narrative editor ever to work in newspapers, writes Jon Franklin Telling the Story : How to Write and Sell Narrative Nonfiction by Peter Rubie (a solidly practical book to how to write a narrative nonfiction BOOK and the book proposal that will land an agent to sell it to a publisher, by a former literary agent) Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, ed.
Norman Sims and Mark Kramer Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example, ed.
Patsy Sims The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing, ed.
(Nieman Storyboard on why the classic narrative nonfiction stories work) Excellent online examples of narrative journalism Accuracy, honesty, and truth in narrative nonfiction Characters in narrative nonfiction Narrative nonfiction goes under many names, including creative nonfiction, literary journalism, and fact-based storytelling.