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The Music of Narrative: Songs from great literary journalism

A story without sound lies too dead on the page. Imagine “Mrs. Kelly’s Monster,” by Jon Franklin, without the pop … pop … pop of the operating-room sensors. Or Tom Wolfe’s “The Girl of the Year” — the 1964 New York magazine classic on “it” girl Jane Holzer — without the manic rhythms: She is gorgeous [...]

Pinned: A boxer, a triple murder, an art mystery, a writing conference and how to get organized

Pinned this week for your storytelling pleasure: pieces on a jailhouse boxer, an old triple homicide in Texas, a billion dollars’ worth of recovered European art, a one-day writing conference and organizational tips. From Recommended Reading: The Paris Review’s Clifford Chase with a study in cadence. From “A Downward Glissando:” The name of the medication printed [...]

‘Your job is to be a storyteller’ — Pamela Colloff, winner of this year’s Louis M. Lyons Award

Each year, the current class of Nieman Fellows chooses a winner of the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. Winners have included reporters who’ve put their lives at risk to cover wars, urban violence, repressive regimes and organized crime. The Class of 2014 has chosen Texas Monthly’s Pamela Colloff, for what [...]

What they’re tweeting: oral histories

Twitter breeds all kinds of storytelling conversation starters, and we’ve started rounding them up. Texas Monthly’s Pamela Colloff tweeted for recommendations on crime writing and empathy a couple of weeks ago, and the twitterverse delivered. This morning, The New Yorker’s David Grann tweeted Politico’s oral history of the government shutdown, which led the Washington Post’s [...]

The Storyboard shortlist on crime writing and empathy

Texas Monthly’s Pamela Colloff tweeted the following yesterday morning: This reminded us of an NYU course that Ted Conover has taught, called “The Journalism of Empathy,” in which graduate students are asked to deeply consider, and even inhabit, the lives of the people they’re writing about. Conover, author of books including Coyotes: A Journey across [...]

Skip Hollandsworth on storytelling, listening, Hollywood, respect and the importance of getting out into the world

No bullet-point tips list could compare with Skip Hollandworth’s Sunday sermonizing, which closed the 2013 Mayborn Conference. What follows is the Mayborn‘s video of Hollandsworth (followed by our selected excerpts) talking ultimately about “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” the Texas Monthly story that became the movie Bernie. Here’s how that story opened: Sitting [...]

Skip Hollandsworth: National Magazine Award winner, screenwriter, tipmaster

Mayborn Week continues: Skip Hollandsworth, a veteran writer for Texas Monthly, specializes in the kind of true-crime narrative yarns that are always bigger in Texas. In 2010, Hollandsworth won a National Magazine Award for “Still Life,” his spare, lyrical story about the life of a man who was paralyzed in a high school football game in 1973 [...]

It’s Mayborn Week at Storyboard!

Tomorrow through Friday we’ll feature exclusive outtakes from this month’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference at the University of North Texas. This year’s correspondents: veteran journalists Lee Hancock and Charlie Lewis, whose bios you’ll find below. (In case you missed it, last year’s conference included talks by Jeanne Marie Laskas and Thomas Lake on sportswriting and [...]

Pamela Colloff and Tom Junod talk storytelling

At the recent City & Regional Magazine Association conference in Atlanta, Esquire’s Tom Junod and Texas Monthly’s Pamela Colloff interviewed each other for an audience of narrative lovers. Atlanta magazine’s Tony Rehagen kindly recorded the session exclusively for Storyboard. You can hear the conversation in its entirety (an hour and 22 minutes) below, with an introduction by Steve [...]