Monday, March 5, 2007

Roy Peter Clark's serial narrative kit

From Roy Peter Clark on Feb. 21:
Let's say that you run into a great story on your beat. Perhaps you are covering immigration and learn of the mysterious death of a border patrol guard. Or you are an outdoors writer who learns about a dramatic rescue of fishermen lost at sea. Or someone in your town wins the state's biggest lottery and decides to use the money to take a group of impoverished school children on a trip around the world. It's a big story, all right, by any definition. But how will you cover it? In occasional episodes in conventional news style? In a long Sunday project? Or perhaps in a serial narrative?
Read Clark's guide to writing a serial narrative.