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Sunday, March 25 • 10:15am - 11:15am
How to Write Panoramic Narrative: Capturing large-scale events

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In most narrative nonfiction, close-ups stand in for the big picture. But what works when the big picture is the story—when the Titanic sinks, when the atomic bomb drops, when the floodwaters rise? Dust to Deliverance chronicles the waterborne evacuation of nearly half a million people from Manhattan on September 11th. Author Jessica DuLong discusses the practical challenges of covering large-scale events, and shares specific strategies and techniques that work best when writing panoramic narrative.

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Jessica DuLong

Jessica DuLong is an author, historian, ghostwriter, and book coach who teaches narrative nonfiction with The Sackett Street Writers Workshop. Her most recent book, Dust to Deliverance: Untold Stories from the Maritime Evacuation on September 11 (McGraw-Hill), is the culmination of nearly a decade of reporting about the largest boat lift in history during which ferries, dinner boats, and other vessels spontaneously converged to rescue nearly 500,000 stranded people from Manhattan Island. Her first book, My River Chronicles: Rediscovering the Work that Built America; A Personal and Historical Journey (Free Press), explores the value of hands-on work through memoir, history, and reportage. Lauded in The New York Times as... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
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