Writing About Ordinary Lives

Talese, Gay
March 2002
Nieman Reports;Spring2002, Vol. 56 Issue 1, p11
Discusses the nonfiction writing style which focuses on non-newsworthy people. Reasons for wanting to write about the lives of persons who would not be worthy of news coverage; Discussion on indulging the curiosity of a nonfiction writer through seeing nonfiction as a creative form of storytelling. INSET: Indulging Curiosity.


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