Narrative Writing on Deadline


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Narrative Writing on Deadline

Bring literary narrative to your reporting.

Type: Webinar

Originally broadcast on July 20, 2017

Time Estimate: One hour.


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Course summary

Narrative writing appeals to readers because it humanizes the story and helps readers relate to the topic. And, let’s be honest, it’s also more interesting to read.

But those of us who work in shrinking news operations have to write routine stories on deadline. How do we add narrative flourishes to stories to make them more appealing?

During this webinar, we’ll dissect lessons from literature and great narrative reporting. Then we’ll discuss how to apply them to our own writing and reporting. Using these lessons will not only elevate our writing, but help us think differently about our reporting process and how we gather information.

What will I learn

  • Six literary devices to elevate news writing
  • How to report in ways that lend themselves to narrative writing

Who should take this course

Anybody who regularly writes about specific beats or topics.



Lolly Bowean

Lolly Bowean is a general assignment reporter with the Chicago Tribune and a 2017 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She has a particular focus on urban affairs, youth culture, housing, minority communities and relations. She writes about Chicago’s unique African-American community. During her tenure, she has written about the death of Nelson Mandela, how violence is lived in troubled neighborhoods, and the 2008 election and inauguration of President Barack Obama. She also covered Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the last gathering of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Bowean covered suburban crime, government and environmental issues for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. She has written for the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe.