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Storycraft (11 Edition)

by Jack Hart

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ISBN13: 9780226318141
ISBN10: 0226318141
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From the work of the New Journalists in the 1960s, to the New Yorker essays of John McPhee, Susan Orlean, Atul Gawande, and a host of others, to blockbuster book-length narratives such as Mary Roachand#8217;s Stiff or Erik Larsonand#8217;s Devil in the White City, narrative nonfiction has come into its own. Yet writers looking for guidance on reporting and writing true stories have had few places to turn for advice. Now in Storycraft, Jack Hart, a former managing editor of the Oregonian who guided several Pulitzer Prizeand#8211;winning narratives to publication, delivers what will certainly become the definitive guide to the methods and mechanics of crafting narrative nonfiction.

Hart covers what writers in this genre need to know, from understanding story theory and structure, to mastering point of view and such basic elements as scene, action, and character, to drafting, revising, and editing work for publication. Revealing the stories behind the stories, Hart brings readers into the process of developing nonfiction narratives by sharing tips, anecdotes, and recommendations he forged during his decades-long career in journalism. From there, he expands the discussion to other well-known writers to show the broad range of texts, styles, genres, and media to which his advice applies. With examples that draw from magazine essays, book-length nonfiction narratives, documentaries, and radio programs, Storycraft will be an indispensable resource for years to come.

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 and#160;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 Writerand#8217;s Coach.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Story

Chapter 2: Structure

Chapter 3: Point of View

Chapter 4: Voice and Style

Chapter 5: Character

Chapter 6: Scene

Chapter 7: Action

Chapter 8: Dialogue

Chapter 9: Theme

Chapter 10: Reporting

Chapter 11: Story Narratives

Chapter 12: Explanatory Narratives

Chapter 13: Other Narratives

Chapter 14: Ethics





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bart_everett, March 1, 2012 (view all comments by bart_everett)
Here is a book that should fascinate a writer of any stripe, no matter how his or her work is structured. While Storycraft is about writing narrative nonfiction, it addresses much more than story and structure. In fact many of the elements it covers--character, point of view, scene, action, etc.--can be applied in other types of writing, not to mention fiction. If you’re a writer, this book should send you digging through your files to compare your work with the many real-life examples cited here. If you’re a beginner, this book should help set you on a path to success. It’s an engaging and pleasant read with your own ruminations as its only homework.
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Hart, Jack
University of Chicago Press
Writing Skills
Reference-Student Writing Guides
Reference-Writing Nonfiction
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