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Inside story : everyone's guide to reporting and writing creative nonfiction
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9780997020779
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First edition.
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Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A. : Leaf Storm Press, [2017]

©2017
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302 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents:
The blank page -- Interview with a vampire ... or a politician -- Story hunting or beat reporting for everyone -- The writer's voice -- People are people -- Constructive criticism -- The paper chase and muckraking in the Information Age -- Ethical frameworks -- Line by line : editing and revision -- Future casting.
Summary:
Inside Story tackles the myriad approaches to the burgeoning genre of creative nonfiction--from memoir to criticism to literary journalism to the lyric essay--by deeply exploring each stage of the generation, reportage, writing and editing of stories. Drawing on and integrating examples and advice from diverse practitioners in the field, Inside Story extends beyond idea and inspiration with practical advice, examples and exercises geared toward everyone from writing students, citizen journalists, bloggers and working writers. Inside Story provides a keen focus on the fundamental aspects of reporting, including interviewing and researching, while also offering advice and exercises toward writing nonfiction dialogue, devising structure and creating a sense of people and place from the ground-up. The book also explores the ethical implications of writing in the real world, providing insight and humor at each step of the way.
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Inside Story tackles the myriad approaches to the burgeoning genre of creative nonfiction--from memoir to criticism to literary journalism to the lyric essay--by deeply exploring each stage of the generation, reportage, writing and editing of stories. Drawing on and integrating examples and advice from diverse practitioners in the field, Inside Story extends beyond idea and inspiration with practical advice, examples and exercises geared toward everyone from writing students, citizen journalists, bloggers and working writers. Inside Story provides a keen focus on the fundamental aspects of reporting, including interviewing and researching, while also offering advice and exercises toward writing nonfiction dialogue, devising structure and creating a sense of people and place from the ground-up. The book also explores the ethical implications of writing in the real world, providing insight and humor at each step of the way.


Author Notes

Julia Goldberg has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, serving as editor of the Santa Fe Reporter from December 2000 through April 2011, during which time the paper won dozens of national awards for investigative reporting, writing, design and web innovation. Julia also previously held the editorial chair for the national Association of Alternative Newsweeklies board of directors, helping to design, coordinate and oversee national journalism workshops and web projects.

Her own writing has appeared in numerous regional and national publications, including The Rumpus, Salon, The Huffington Post and Alternet , to name a few. She is a contributing writer and editor to Best Altweekly Writing 2009-2010 (Northwestern University Press). Julia has personally received multiple first-place journalism awards for environmental, feature and investigative reporting, as well as multi-media journalism.

Julia is a full-time faculty member in the Creative Writing Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she teaches a variety of nonfiction writing courses and is a faculty advisor for the student online magazine. She also is the host of The Julia Goldberg Show, a radio news program that airs on 101.5 FM out of Santa Fe, and the nonfiction editor for the acclaimed literary website, The Nervous Breakdown .


Table of Contents

Julia GoldbergEmily Rapp BlackJulia GoldbergRobert WilderChelsey Clammer
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 The Blank Pagep. 7
Some Approachesp. 9
Personal Narrativep. 10
Reportagep. 14
Criticism, and Other Arts Writingp. 16
Attack of the Hybrids: Lyric Essaysp. 19
Opinions, Ideas, Satire, Et Alp. 20
Techniquesp. 22
Writing Habitsp. 22
Other Recommendationsp. 24
Prompts and Practicep. 25
Essaysp. 29
"The Sunday Essay: Wrinkles and Time,"p. 29
"On Finding True Love and Deserving Happiness,"p. 34
Reading and Resources from this Chapterp. 37
Chapter 2 Interview with a Vampire ... or a Politicianp. 41
Logisticsp. 50
The Joys of Transcriptionp. 52
Interview Clean Upp. 53
Redundancyp. 54
Direct Quotation, Partial Quotation, and Paraphrasingp. 54
Ten Rules for Interviewingp. 56
Prompts and Practicep. 65
Additional Readingp. 68
"On What Matters," Noam Chomsky Interviewedp. 68
Remarks by the President at White House Jazz Festival, President Barack Obamap. 72
Reading and Resources from this Chapterp. 75
Chapter 3 Story Hunting or Beat Reporting for Everyonep. 77
Sourcesp. 89
Background Sourcesp. 90
Quotable Sourcesp. 91
Anonymous Sourcesp. 91
Off the-Record Tipstersp. 92
Do Sources Know What Kind of Sources They Are?p. 93
Document Sourcesp. 94
Beat Developmentp. 94
Prompts and Practicep. 96
Reading and Resources from this Chapterp. 102
Chapter 4 The Writer's Voicep. 105
About that Clichéd Metaphorp. 107
The Imitation Gamep. 111
Many Voicesp. 112
Point of View Basicsp. 116
First Person: I (Singular), We (Plural)p. 116
Second Person: Youp. 117
Third Person: He, She (Singular), They (Plural)p. 117
Tonep. 118
Syntaxp. 119
Prompts and Practicep. 121
Essayp. 125
"Daddy Needs a Drink: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman,"p. 125
Reading and Resources from this Chapterp. 127
Chapter 5 People are Peoplep. 129
Direct Characterizationp. 131
The Physicalp. 132
Immersionp. 142
Indirect Characterizationp. 144
Authorial Thoughtsp. 144
Other Peoplep. 146
People Are Peoplep. 148
Prompts and Practicep. 151
Reading and Resources from this Chapterp. 154
Chapter 6 Constructive constructionp. 157
Pre-Structure Structurep. 158
Preamblep. 161
Structures, Shapes, and Approachesp. 163
The Inverted Pyramidp. 163
Narrative Storytellingp. 164
Thematic/Associativep. 165
Braided Storiesp. 166
Character Drivenp. 166
Circles (and Other Shapes)p. 167
Segmentationp. 168
Hermit Crabs/Received Formsp. 169
Flash Nonfictionp. 172
Storytelling Across Platformsp. 173
Multimediap. 173
Visualizationsp. 173
Beginnings and Endings or, as I Like to Call Them, Ledes and Kickersp. 175
Prompts and Practicep. 182
Essayp. 187
"An Index for Bi the Book: How to Become Bisexual In Less than a Month,"p. 187
Reading and Resources from this Chapterp. 188
Chapter 7 The Paper Chase and Muckraking in the Information Agep. 193
The Basicsp. 196
The Public Goodp. 198
Beyond the Paper Trailp. 201
Expanding Your Skill Setp. 205
Social Mediap. 205
Getting Personalp. 206
Beyond Datap. 208
Online Resourcesp. 210
Prompts and Practicep. 216
Reading and Resources from this Chapterp. 218
Chapter 8 Ethical Frameworksp. 221
Within Genresp. 222
Memoirp. 222
Journalismp. 227
True Crimep. 232
Types of Issuesp. 239
Conflicts of Interestp. 239
Plagiarismp. 241
Fabricationp. 241
Privacyp. 242
Fairness and Libelp. 243
Bottom Linesp. 244
Source Protectionp. 245
Additional Readingp. 247
The Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalistsp. 247
Reading and Resources from this Chapterp. 250
Chapter 9 Line by Line-Editing and Revisionp. 255
Check Your Spellingp. 256
Police Grammarp. 257
Restructure Sentencesp. 263
Vanquish Verb Tense Inconsistencyp. 265
Double-Check Factsp. 266
Test Transitionsp. 267
Read Out Loudp. 267
Don't Plagiarizep. 268
Eliminate Repetition / Avoid Redundancyp. 268
Check for Clarityp. 268
Stylep. 269
Thoughts on Pedantryp. 270
Critique and Revisionp. 271
Memoir Revision Critiquep. 273
Reported / Personal Essay Critiquep. 274
Journalistic Writing Critiquep. 275
Lyric Essay Critiquep. 276
Editing Checklistp. 276
Reading and Resources from this Chapterp. 277
Chapter 10 Future Castingp. 279
Reading and Resources from this Chapterp. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Indexp. 291