Telling True Stories is one of the best books on writing that I’ve read in a long time. These essays are a compilation of presentations from the Nieman Foundation Conference on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University. Top writers such as Susan Orlean, Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe and others share insights into how to write well. Whether you want to write narrative journalism or in another genre, this book is packed with tips that will make you a more astute reader and a better writer. If you apply the advice. Which we don’t always. In any case, it’s one that I’ll return to the library and then buy to keep as a reference.
What’s narrative journalism? Think: New Yorker articles, books by Jon Krakauer, essays and books by Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief). Think of those books where authors get into the world of their subjects.