Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction, second edition

Jack Hart
Published in 2021
by University of Chicago Press

In this thorough guide first published in 2011, Jack Hart, former managing editor of the Oregonian, walks readers through 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. This second edition includes more recent and expansive forms, such as explanatory narratives, vignettes, narrative essays, and podcasts, as well as insights from new research about storytelling and the brain. Throughout the lessons, Hart emphasizes that “the common ingredient in all great storytelling is the love of story itself.”  

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