It’s a deep-in-the-trenches book that all aspiring immersion writers should have in hand as they take that first leap into another world. Conover is also forthright about the ethics and consequences of immersion reporting, preparing writers for the surprises that often surface when their piece becomes public.
Throughout, including alex kotlowitz, conover shares anecdotes from his own experiences as well as from other well-known writers in this genre, Anne Fadiman, and Sebastian Junger. His books and articles chronicling these experiences, including the award-winning Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, have made him one of the premier practitioners of immersion reporting.
Immersion: A Writer's Guide to Going Deep Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing - He covers how to “get into” a community, how to conduct oneself once inside, and how to shape and structure the stories that emerge. University of Chicago Press. But in a world of wary strangers, where does one begin? Conover distills decades of knowledge into an accessible resource aimed at writers of all levels.
In immersion reporting—a literary cousin to ethnography, participating in its trials, and memoir—the writer fully steps into a new world or culture, rites, travel writing, and rituals as a member of the group.
The Journalist and the MurdererVintage - Hovering over the narrative -- and always on the edge of the reader's consciousness -- is the MacDonald murder case itself, which imparts to the book an atmosphere of anxiety and uncanniness. When the text first appeared, as a two-part article in The New Yorker, its thesis seemed so radical and its irony so pitiless that journalists across the country reacted as if stung.
Her book is a work of journalism as well as an essay on journalism: it at once exemplifies and dissects its subject. A seminal work and examination of the psychopathology of journalism. The journalist-subject encounter has always troubled journalists, but never before has it been looked at so unflinchingly and so ruefully.
In malcolm's view, neither journalist nor subject can avoid the moral impasse that is built into the journalistic situation. In her interviews with the leading and subsidiary characters in the macdonald-McGinniss case -- the principals, the members of the jury, as she points out, and the various persons who testified as expert witnesses at the trial -- Malcolm is always aware of herself as a player in a game that, their lawyers, she cannot lose.
The Journalist and the Murderer - Using a strange and unprecedented lawsuit as her larger-than-life example -- the lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, the author of Fatal Vision, a book about the crime -- she delves into the always uneasy, against Joe McGinniss, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject.
The journalist and the murderer derives from and reflects many of the dominant intellectual concerns of our time, the off-center, and it will have a particular appeal for those who cherish the odd, and the unsolved. Vintage.
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard UniversityPlume - Packed with refreshingly candid and insightful recommendations, Telling True Stories will show anyone fascinated by the art of writing nonfiction how to bring people, scenes, and ideas to life on the page. Vintage. Telling true stories presents their best advice—covering everything from finding a good topic, to structuring narrative stories, to writing and selling your first book.
. The essays contain important counsel for new and career journalists, radio producers, as well as for freelance writers, and memoirists. More than fifty well-known writers offer their most powerful tips, including:• tom wolfe on the emotional core of the story• Gay Talese on writing about private lives• Malcolm Gladwell on the limits of profiles• Nora Ephron on narrative writing and screenwriters• Alma Guillermoprieto on telling the story and telling the truth• Dozens of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists from the Atlantic Monthly, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post and more .
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University - Interested in journalism and creative writing and want to write a book? Read inspiring stories and practical advice from America’s most respected journalists. The country’s most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors gather each year at Harvard’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Plume Books.
Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and PublishingUniversity of Chicago Press - From the work of the new journalists in the 1960s, atul gawande, to the new yorker essays of John McPhee, to blockbuster book-length narratives such as Mary Roach’s Stiff or Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City, and a host of others, Susan Orlean, narrative nonfiction has come into its own. From there, genres, he expands the discussion to other well-known writers to show the broad range of texts, styles, and media to which his advice applies.
Yet writers looking for guidance on reporting and writing true stories have had few places to turn for advice. 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.
Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing - 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. Now in storycraft, a former managing editor of the Oregonian who guided several Pulitzer Prize–winning narratives to publication, Jack Hart, 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, and character, from understanding story theory and structure, action, to drafting, revising, to mastering point of view and such basic elements as scene, and editing work for publication. Plume Books. Vintage.
Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and ProductionUniversity of Chicago Press - Jonathan kern, who has trained npr’s on-air staff for years, is a gifted guide, able to narrate a day in the life of a host and lay out the nuts and bolts of production with equal wit and warmth. Maybe you’re thinking about starting a podcast, and want some tips from the pros. As public radio’s audience of millions can attest, NPR’s unique guiding principles and technical expertise combine to connect with listeners like no other medium can.
Whatever the case—whether you’re an avid npr listener or you aspire to create your own audio, or both—Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production will give you a rare tour of the world of a professional broadcaster. Best of all—because npr wouldn’t be nPR without its array of distinctive voices—lively examples from popular shows and colorful anecdotes from favorite personalities animate each chapter.
Along the way, reveals how npr books guests ranging from world leaders to neighborhood newsmakers, he explains the importance of writing the way you speak, and gives sage advice on everything from proposing stories to editors to maintaining balance and objectivity. Or maybe storytelling has always been a passion of yours, and you want to learn to do it more effectively.
Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production - Vintage. Perhaps you’ve always wondered how public radio gets that smooth, well-crafted sound. With today’s technologies allowing more people to turn their home computers into broadcast studios, Sound Reporting couldn’t have arrived at a better moment to reveal the secrets behind the story of NPR’s success.
Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of RadioBroadway Books - And abel reveals how mad—really mad—Ira Glass becomes when he receives edits from his colleagues. Broadway Books. Informative and engaging, out on the Wire demonstrates that narrative radio and podcasts are creating some of the most exciting and innovative storytelling available today. Plume Books. Vintage.
A library journal best book of 2015go behind the scenes of seven of today’s most popular narrative radio shows and podcasts, including This American Life and RadioLab, in graphic narrative. Every week, snap judgment, millions of devoted fans tune in to or download This American Life, Planet Money, The Moth, Serial, Radiolab, Invisibilia and other narrative radio shows.
Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio - Jad abumrad of radiolab talks about chasing moments of awe with scientists, while Planet Money’s Robert Smith lets us in on his slightly goofy strategy for putting interviewees at ease. Each has a distinct style, but every one delivers stories that are brilliantly told and produced. Using personal stories to breathe life into complex ideas and issues, these beloved programs help us to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better.
Out on the wire offers an unexpected window into this new kind of storytelling—one that literally illustrates the making of a purely auditory medium. With the help of this american life's ira glass, a cartoonist and devotee of narrative radio, uncovers just how radio producers construct narrative, Jessica Abel, spilling some juicy insider details.
The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their CraftVintage - Forty years after Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Jon krakauer accompanies a mountaineering expedition to Everest. Broadway Books. Interviews with: gay talese jane kramer calvin trillin richard ben cramer ted conover Alex Kotlowitz Richard Preston William Langewiesche Eric Schlosser Leon Dash William Finnegan Jonathan Harr Jon Krakauer Adrian Nicole LeBlanc Michael Lewis Susan Orlean Ron Rosenbaum Lawrence Weschler Lawrence Wright Vintage.
Plume Books. Boynton sits down with nineteen practitioners of what he calls the New New Journalism to discuss their methods, writings and careers. Thompson, and gay talese launched the New Journalism movement, Robert S. And like their muckraking early twentieth-century precursors, leon dash, they are drawn to the most pressing issues of the day: Alex Kotlowitz, and William Finnegan to race and class; Ron Rosenbaum to the problem of evil; Michael Lewis to boom-and-bust economies; Richard Ben Cramer to the nitty gritty of politics.
The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft - The new new journalists are first and foremost brilliant reporters who immerse themselves completely in their subjects. How do they do it? in these interviews, they reveal the techniques and inspirations behind their acclaimed works, tape recorders, from their felt-tip pens, long car rides, and assumed identities; to their intimate understanding of the way a truly great story unfolds.
Vintage Books. Ted conover works for nearly a year as a prison guard. Adrian nicole leblanc spends nearly a decade reporting on a family in the South Bronx.
Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life, Second EditionWaveland Press, Inc. - Plume Books. Timely, and poetic, engaging, Creative Nonfiction is the practical manual every novice and seasoned writer will want on their bookshelf. Title of related interest also available from waveland Press: Brooks-Quigley, Words' Worth: Write Well and Prosper, Second Edition ISBN 9781577666776. Writing creative nonfiction intertwines journalistic truth and literary techniques to tell a story that is clear, accurate, and exploding with meaning.
. In response to the genre's evolution, the latest edition includes examples to illustrate how cultural changes have influenced the way writers conduct research, approach writing, and communicate during the production of their projects. Broadway Books. Philip gerard artfully guides readers through the entire creative nonfiction writing process, going beyond the technical basics to address topics such as ethics, voice, and structural integrity.
Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life, Second Edition - Vintage. Vintage Books.
The Next American Essay A New History of the EssayGraywolf Press - These essays are unrestrained, explosive, elusive, mysterious―a personal lingual playground. Contributors include:sherman alexiedavid antinjenny boullyanne carsonguy davenportlydia DavisJoan DidionAnnie DillardThalia FieldAlbert GoldbarthSusan GriffinTheresa Hak Kung ChaJamaica KincaidWayne KoestenbaumBarry LopezJohn McPheeCarole MasoHarry MathewsSusan MitchellFabio MorabitoMary RuefleDavid ShieldsDennis SilkSusan SontagAlexander TherouxGeorge W.
In the next american essay, john D'Agata takes a literary tour of lyric essays written by the masters of the craft. Vintage Books. They encompass and illuminate culture, myth, history, romance, and sex. Graywolf Press. Trowdavid foster WallaceEliot WeinbergerJoe WenderothJames Wright Vintage. Beginning with 1975 and john mcphee's ingenious piece, "The Search for Marvin Gardens, " D'Agata selects an example of creative nonfiction for each subsequent year.
The Next American Essay A New History of the Essay - S. Broadway Books. Plume Books. Each essay is a world of its own, a world so distinctive it resists definition.
Newjack: Guarding Sing SingVintage - Vintage Books. Plume Books. Vintage. Acclaimed journalist ted conover sets a new standard for bold, in-depth reporting in this first-hand account of life inside the penal system at Sing Sing. The result is an unprecedented work of eyewitness journalism: the account of Conover's year-long passage into storied Sing Sing prison as a rookie guard, or "newjack.
As he struggles to become a good officer, and attempts, Conover angers inmates, dodges blows, in the face of overwhelming odds, to balance decency with toughness. Graywolf Press. When ted conover’s request to shadow a recruit at the New York State Corrections Officer Academy was denied, he decided to apply for a job as a prison officer himself.
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing - An intimate portrait of a world few readers have ever experienced, Newjack is a haunting journey into a dark undercurrent of American life. Through his insights into the harsh culture of prison, the grueling and demeaning working conditions of the officers, and the unexpected ways the job encroaches on his own family life, we begin to see how our burgeoning prison system brutalizes everyone connected with it.
Best American Essays 2018 The Best American Series ®Best American Paper - Graywolf Press. Broadway Books. Expertly guided by als’s instinct and intellect, The Best American Essays 2018 showcases great essays as well as irresistibly eclectic ones. Vintage. Vintage Books. These experiences and more immersive slices of concentrated life await. The pulitzer–prize winning and guggenheim-honored hilton als curates the best essays from hundreds of magazines, reads culture, race, and websites, journals, bringing “the fierce style of street reading and the formal tradition of critical inquiry, and gender” New York Times to the task.
Plume Books. Go undercover in north korea, hang out in the 1970s New York music scene, delve into the question of race in the novels of William Faulkner, and take a family road trip cum art pilgrimage. The essay, like life, because it is concentrated life, is indefinable, like love, and you know a great one when you feel it, but you know an essay when you see it, ” writes Hilton Als in his introduction.