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Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) First Edition

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"If you have any interest in trying to craft the kind of narrative nonfiction practiced by the likes of John McPhee, Mary Roach, Tracy Kidder, Susan Orlean, and Erik Larson, this is a book for you. . . . It offers any nonfiction writer, and freelancer, concrete ways to think about a topic, visualize the most interesting way of presenting its narrative arc, and organize most effectively the presentation of material."

Writer Published On: 2011-08-01

“Instructive and essential, reading Storycraft is like finding the secret set of blueprints to the writer's craft. Better still, it is engaging, funny, and wise—wonderful to read and wonderful to learn from.”

-- Susan Orlean Published On: 2010-12-16

“For narrative nerds interested in learning about how stories work to move people—or fall flat—this is a must-read to revisit every six months.”
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“Jack Hart was hands-down the best narrative editor ever to work in newspapers.”

-- Jon Franklin, author of Writing for Story and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Published On: 2010-10-29

“When I think back on what I have learned about storytelling over the last 30 years, the trail of memory leads back time and again to Jack Hart. No one has done more to inspire better narrative writing in America.”
-- Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools and The Glamour of Grammar Published On: 2010-10-28

“I’d tell you that I am the best writing coach there is—if I didn’t know Jack Hart.”

-- Bruce DeSilva, former Associated Press writing coach, author of Rogue Island Published On: 2010-10-29

“In Storycraft, Jack Hart vividly explains a lifetime of valuable lessons in nonfiction narrative. For all the celebrity star power he brings to this book, his introduction makes the topic welcoming and accessible to students and reporters who may be new to the subject. And he practices what he preaches; this book entertains the reader. It’s like listening to Mark Twain on how to tell a story.”

-- Norman Sims, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“The importance of understanding and utilizing established methods of narrative writing is emphasized throughout the book (structure, point of view, voice and style, setting, scene construction, interviewing), but Storycraft transcends typical writers guides through Hart's insights to what story is and how human nature determines the fundamentals of any well-written story. Rather than confine his scope to how to write well, Hart makes a case for why one should write well.”
Oregonian

“Hart's new book is quite remarkable. . . . It's the story of how to succeed. . . . How to make your mind observe, how to put your observations into words, how to turn reporting into vision and words into power. . . . Read it. It speaks for itself.”
Jon Franklin

“Despite a career focused on the world of journalism, the author demonstrates much insight into the canon of more "literary" creative nonfiction by choosing sound examples that are both accessible and widely acclaimed. . . . This book can function as both a practical introduction to narrative nonfiction and a concise refresher for professionals.”

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About the Author

Jack Hart is a former managing editor and writing coach at the Oregonian. He received the first National Teaching Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and  a University of Wisconsin Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to journalism, has taught on the faculties of six universities, and was named the Ruhl Distinguished Professor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He is the author of A Writer’s Coach.


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  • Item Weight : 14.9 ounces
  • Paperback : 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0226318168
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0226318165
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press; First edition (October 12, 2012)
  • Language: : English
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