I have been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. When I was a girl, I told stories in the form of poems and personal diary entries. When I became a young newspaper reporter, I wrote "human interest" stories, humbly entering the lives of strangers who shared with me their sorrows and triumphs. As I got older and increasingly nostalgic for the black-and-white world of my youth, I began to write personal essays about motherhood and marriage, and loss and healing and forgiveness to make sense of a world that was growing far more gray and complicated. That is the world I inhabit still. It is in these more complicated and nuanced stories that we build trust and connection.
1. The importance of storytelling in the 21st century to bring us together in an increasingly polarized world.
2. How to consume the news without being consumed by it.
3. Writing the right person essay.
4. Finding stories in pretty much anything.
5. How to successfully pitch your story idea to newspapers and magazines