Jack Hart offers tips for writing better narratives

There is no editor or writing coach in America who has done more to encourage good storytelling than Jack Hart.

After a distinguished career as a journalism professor at the University of Oregon, Jack reverted to the newsroom of the Oregonian, where he nurtured some of the best narrative writers in journalism, and became a writing coach with a national following.

Jack has compiled all that know-how into a new book, "Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction," which deserves a spot on your book shelf right between "Writing Tools" and "Help! For Writers."

What I like best about Jack's book is the recognition that stories are different from reports. It is one thing to imagine yourself as a storyteller. It is quite another to fulfill all parts of the process with narrative in mind.

During this week's writing chat, we talked with Jack about his new book and his tips for narrative writers. We hope you'll join us with your thoughts and questions.

You can replay the chat here:

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    Roy Peter Clark

    Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at Poynter to students of all ages since 1979. He has served the Institute as its first full-time faculty member, dean, vice-president, and senior scholar.

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