A Writer's Guide to Going Deep (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
University of Chicago Press, 9780226113067, 192pp.
Publication Date: October 24, 2016
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In immersion reporting—a literary cousin to ethnography, travel writing, and memoir—the writer fully steps into a new world or culture, participating in its trials, rites, and rituals as a member of the group. The end results of these firsthand experiences are familiar to us from bestsellers such as Nickel and Dimed and Behind the Beautiful Forevers. 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. He covers how to “get into” a community, how to conduct oneself once inside, and how to shape and structure the stories that emerge. 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, Conover shares anecdotes from his own experiences as well as from other well-known writers in this genre, including Alex Kotlowitz, Anne Fadiman, and Sebastian Junger. 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.
About the Author
Praise For Immersion: A Writer's Guide to Going Deep (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)…
— Jack Hart, author of Storycraft:The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction
— Sebastian Junger, author of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging and War
— Susan Orlean author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend and The Orchid Thief
— Columbia Journalism Review
— Nieman Storyboard
— Portland Book Review
apex. Conover, who took a job as a prison guard to write Newjack and who is an associate professor of journalism at New York University, covers the basics of
researching and writing longform narrative nonfiction in Immersion: A Writer’s Guide to Going Deep. His clear voice and thoughtful instructions will be invaluable to undergraduate and graduate students embarking on their first ambitious projects. Professors and veteran journalists will appreciate Conover’s definition of immersion journalism, his defense of craft, and his discourse on ethics.”
— Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
— Journal of Scholarly Publishing