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. 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.
The end results of these firsthand experiences are familiar to us from bestsellers such as Nickel and Dimed and Behind the Beautiful Forevers. 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.
Immersion: A Writer's Guide to Going Deep Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing #ad - 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. . 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.
In immersion reporting—a literary cousin to ethnography, participating in its trials, travel writing, and memoir—the writer fully steps into a new world or culture, rites, and rituals as a member of the group.
Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and PublishingUniversity of Chicago Press #ad - From the work of the new journalists in the 1960s, susan orlean, 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, Atul Gawande, and a host of others, narrative nonfiction has come into its own. Revealing the stories behind the stories, anecdotes, Hart brings readers into the process of developing nonfiction narratives by sharing tips, and recommendations he forged during his decades-long career in journalism.
. From there, he expands the discussion to other well-known writers to show the broad range of texts, styles, genres, and media to which his advice applies. 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.
Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing #ad - Now in storycraft, jack hart, a former managing editor of the Oregonian who guided several Pulitzer Prize–winning narratives to publication, 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, revising, to mastering point of view and such basic elements as scene, and character, from understanding story theory and structure, to drafting, action, and editing work for publication.
Yet writers looking for guidance on reporting and writing true stories have had few places to turn for advice.
The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their CraftVintage #ad - Jon krakauer accompanies a mountaineering expedition to Everest. Forty years after Tom Wolfe, Hunter 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.
How do they do it? in these interviews, they reveal the techniques and inspirations behind their acclaimed works, from their felt-tip pens, long car rides, tape recorders, and assumed identities; to their intimate understanding of the way a truly great story unfolds. Ted conover works for nearly a year as a prison guard.
Boynton sits down with nineteen practitioners of what he calls the New New Journalism to discuss their methods, writings and careers. 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.
The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft #ad - Adrian nicole leblanc spends nearly a decade reporting on a family in the South Bronx. The new new journalists are first and foremost brilliant reporters who immerse themselves completely in their subjects. Thompson, and gay talese launched the New Journalism movement, Robert S. Susan orlean follows orchid fanciers to reveal an obsessive subculture few knew existed.
A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and TravelUniversity of Georgia Press #ad - Using the work of such authors as Barbara Ehrenreich, Hunter S. J. Jacobs, hemley examines these three major types of immersion writing and further identifies the subcategories of the quest, the investigation, Nellie Bly, and James Agee, the infiltration, Julio Cortazar, the experiment, and the reenactment.
. For centuries writers have used participatory experience as a lens through which to better see the world at large and as a means of exploring the self. Considering various types of participatory writing as different strains of one style—immersion writing—Robin Hemley offers new perspectives and practical advice for writers of this nonfiction genre.
A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel #ad - Immersion writing can be broken down into the broad categories of travel writing, immersion memoir, and immersion journalism. Included in the book are helpful exercises, models for immersion writing, and a chapter on one of the most fraught subjects for nonfiction writers—the ethics and legalities of writing about other people.
A field guide for immersion Writing recalibrates and redefines the way writers approach their relationship to their subjects. Thompson, Ted Conover, A. Suitable for beginners and advanced writers, provocative, the book provides an enlightening, and often amusing look at the ways in which nonfiction writers engage with the world around them.
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Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real LifeWaveland Press, Inc. #ad - 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. 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, approach writing, the latest edition includes examples to illustrate how cultural changes have influenced the way writers conduct research, and communicate during the production of their projects. Timely, and poetic, engaging, Creative Nonfiction is the practical manual every novice and seasoned writer will want on their bookshelf.
The Journalist and the MurdererVintage #ad - 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. The journalist and the murderer derives from and reflects many of the dominant intellectual concerns of our time, and it will have a particular appeal for those who cherish the odd, the off-center, and the unsolved.
A seminal work and examination of the psychopathology of journalism. 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, 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, as she points out, the members of the jury, she cannot lose.
The Journalist and the Murderer #ad - Using a strange and unprecedented lawsuit as her larger-than-life example -- the lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, against Joe McGinniss, a convicted murderer, the author of Fatal Vision, a book about the crime -- she delves into the always uneasy, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject.
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. The journalist-subject encounter has always troubled journalists, but never before has it been looked at so unflinchingly and so ruefully.
Newjack: Guarding Sing SingVintage #ad - 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. 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.
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, in the face of overwhelming odds, dodges blows, and attempts, Conover angers inmates, to balance decency with toughness.
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing #ad - . 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. An intimate portrait of a world few readers have ever experienced, Newjack is a haunting journey into a dark undercurrent of American life.
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard UniversityPlume #ad - The essays contain important counsel for new and career journalists, radio producers, as well as for freelance writers, and memoirists. 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.
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. 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.
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University #ad - More than fifty well-known writers offer their most powerful tips, new yorker, new york times, 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, Washington Post and more .
Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other InmatesRoutledge #ad - This volume deals with total institutions in general and, mental hospitals, in particular. Prisons serve as a clear example, providing we appreciate that what is prison-like about prisons is found in institutions whose members have broken no laws. The main focus is, on the world of the inmate, not the world of the staff.
A total institution is defined by goffman as a place of residence and work where a large number of like-situated, individuals, together lead an enclosed, cut off from the wider society for an appreciable period of time, formally administered round of life. Each chapter approaches the central issue from a different vantage point, each introduction drawing upon a different source in sociology and having little direct relation to the other chapters.
Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates #ad - This method of presenting material may be irksome, but it allows the reader to pursue the main theme of each paper analytically and comparatively past the point that would be allowable in chapters of an integrated book. A chief concern is to develop a sociological version of the structure of the self. Each of the essays in this book were intended to focus on the same issue--the inmate's situation in an institutional context.
If sociological concepts are to be treated with affection, followed from there wherever it seems to lead, each must be traced back to where it best applies, and pressed to disclose the rest of its family.
At the Lightning FieldCoffee House Press #ad - At the Lightning Field #ad - Over the course of several visits, and light; how changeable they are, space, duration, a site for confounding and revealing perceptions of time, it becomes, for Raicovich, while staying the same. Walter de maria's "lightning field" is 400 stainless steel poles, positioned 220 feet apart, in the desert of central New Mexico.
Rolling NowhereTed Conover, via Smashwords and The Robbins Office #ad - By turns resourceful and desperate, generous and mistrusting, philosophical and profoundly cynical, the tramps Conover meets show him a segment of humanity outside society, neither wholly romantic nor wholly tragic, independent and communal, and very much like the rest of us. There’s lonny, a cowboy who claims his son is a doctor and his daughter a ballerina, and Sheba Sheila Sheils, and Pistol Pete, who accepts that there are some towns he can’t enter before dark because he’s black, who’s built herself a house out of old tires.
Along the way he encounters unexpected charity a former cop goes out of his way to offer Conover a dollar and indignities what do you do when there are no public bathrooms? and learns how to survive on the road. But above all, for one reason or another, Conover gets to know the men and women who, live this life.
Rolling Nowhere #ad - Hopping a freight in the St. Louis rail yards, ted conover—winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award—embarks on his dream trip, traveling the rails with “the knights of the road. Equipped with rummage store clothing, conover immerses himself in the peculiar culture of the hobo, where handshakes and intoductions are foreign, and his notebooks, a bedroll, but where everyone knows where the Sally Salvation Army and the Willy Goodwill are.