Writing for Story

Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction

By Jon Franklin; Jonathan Franklin
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452272958, 288pp.)

Publication Date: September 1994

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The new "nonfiction"the adaptation of storytelling techniques to journalistic articles in the manner of Truman Capote, Tom Wolfe, and John McPheeis an innovative genre that has been awarded virtually every Pulitzer Prize for literary journalism since 1979. And now Jon Franklin, himself a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and undisputed master of the great American nonfiction short story, shares the secrets of his success. Franklin shows how to make factual pieces come alive by applying the literary techniques of complication/resolution, flashback, foreshadowing, and pace. He illustrates his points with a close analysis and annotation of two of his most acclaimed stories, so that the reader can see, step-by-step, just how they were created. This lively, easy-to-follow guid combines readability and excitement with the best of expository prose and illuminates the techniques that beginning journalistsand more experienced ones, toowill find immensely helpful:

Stalking the true short storyDrafting an effective outlineStructuring the rough copyPolishing like a proand the tips, tools, and techniques that will put your stories on the cutting edge.

About the Author
Jon Franklin, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, is a journalism professor at the University of Maryland and the author of "The Molecules of the Mind".

Jonathan Franklin regularly reports for "The Guardian", "VICE", and "Esquire". He also works with the team at Retro Report producing documentaries broadcast by "The New York Times". Based in Santiago, Chile, and Manhattan, Franklin reports on Latin America. Franklin s previous book "33 Men", the exclusive account of Chilean miners trapped nearly a kilometer underground, became a national bestseller in the US and UK and was translated into nineteen languages. He can be contacted @FranklinBlog and JonathanFranklin.com.

Praise For Writing for Story

"All in all, an impressive introduction to a difficult subject, done with disarming candor. Franklin provides concise, no-nonsense tips in a lively, easy-to-follow style that's refreshingly free from the usual 'creative writing' jargon. It's a technique that beginning journalists, and even those more experienced, will find especially helpful and revealing. Franklin knows what he's talking about and shares his knowledge with admirable generosity."
Kirkus Reviews

"Learning to write the short story, always a challenge for budding fiction writers, is for Franklin the royal road to success in feature writing today, Thoroughly and methodically, he shows aspiring journalists how to 'nail down' the operative elements of a storycomplication/resolution, flashback, foreshadowing, and paceand, through close analysis of two of his prize-winning features, what to do and in what order to do it a sound, fertile book, recommended for attaining effective writing skills."
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