This session explores how nonfiction writers can turn facts into narratives that hit the reader emotionally and intellectually, in the heart and in the head, by using a journalist's drive for content, a poet's eye for imagery, and a fiction writer's sense of drama. We discuss the choices writers make to turn facts into a story with tension and character development rather than the formulaic lead and nut graf and talking heads.
Sue Hertz, an associate professor of nonfiction writing at the University of New Hampshire, is the author of Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling and Caught in the Crossfire: A Year on Abortion’s Front Line. Her essays and stories have appeared in numerous national and regional publications, including Redbook, House Beautiful, Walking, New England Monthly Magazine, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Parenting. Before she began the double life of teacher-writer, she was a feature writer for The Hartford Courant, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The Herald in Everett, Wash.