Highlights Foundation 2018: Narrative Nonfiction

A Few of the Lessons Learned:

Write for yourself; revise for your reader

Trust your material: don’t pretty it up or gussy it up

On craft of writing: every time something gets easier, something else gets harder

Nothing is ever wasted: pieces can always be repurposed, repackaged

Direct quotations should not be more than 20% of text

On the “Own Voices” issue:

Not every story is yours to tell, find the one that is right for you

On the other hand:

You have the right to write about any topic

Anyone else has the right to criticize your work

Sensitivity readers are valuable but would be better called Cultural Fact Checkers and Tone Checkers

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