The Bigger Picture: Elements of Feature Writing

Cover - The Bigger Picture: Elements of  Feature WritingBy Ivor Shapiro.  Emond Montgomery Publications, 2009.

A combination manual and reader, this book offers a comprehensive overview of practical skills complemented by full-length examples of some of the best work in the genre. The chapters are written by a team of seasoned journalists and educators, and the readings have been carefully chosen to help illustrate a specific skill or approach. This book will inform and inspire feature writers at every level.

Impressive, complete, and too much fun to be a textbook. … It does a lot, and reads as though one author, not ten, put it together. Both beginners and old hands will find it useful, as it respects readers’ wit and willingness to tackle complexity. This volume is a delightful stand-alone tutorial, but one could easily build a course around it.

— Mark Kramer, founding director of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism (Harvard University) and co-editor of the anthologies Literary Journalism and Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writer’s Guide

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