Writing powerful narratives

"Writing Powerful Narratives," which was held at the Reynolds Journalism Institute March 4, 2013, featured several speakers who shared their experiences and advice about reporting and writing long-form nonfiction.

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First sentences: Windows into a story
March 7, 2013

First sentences can make or break a story. Writer Justin Heckert said he has to spend most of his time going over and over and over his opening sentence before he can move on to the rest of the story to make sure it grabs the reader.

"Writing Powerful Narratives," which was held at the Reynolds Journalism Institute March 4, 2013, featured several speakers who shared their experiences and advice about reporting and writing long-form nonfiction.

Speaker Justin Heckert, a Missouri School of Journalism alumnus, has published his writing in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine and other publications.

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  • The narrative essence of truth

    Writing powerful narratives
    The narrative essence of truth
    March 6, 2013

    Walt Harrington lectured about the importance of ethics based on his long-time experience in journalism. He believes that accuracy is not only about a journalist’s individual credibility, but the reputation of the publication, the industry and our society.
  • Discovering your story

    Writing powerful narratives
    Discovering your story
    March 5, 2013

    Concentrating on “The Last Trawlers,” a piece about the decline of shrimp boating along the coast of Georgia, Tony Rehagen explores the literary anthropologist’s mission: to go out and find the story, even though you’re unsure what it’s going to be.
  • Getting access and making the most of your time

    Writing powerful narratives
    Getting access and making the most of your time
    March 5, 2013

    Using as a focal point “The Education of Ms. Barsallo,” which chronicles the life of a first year teacher in a challenging public school, Robert Sanchez discusses the art of acquiring access, spending time, and going deep with your subject.

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