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Jack R. Hart

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Jack Hart was a managing editor at The Oregonian and has served as the newspaper's writing coach and staff development director. Formerly a professor of journalism at The University of Oregon, he has often lectured at Harvard's Niemann Conference for Narrative Journalism, and he teaches at writers' conferences throughout the country.

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“as the Charles Dickens formula for success has it: “Make them laugh. Make them cry. But, most of all, make them wait.”6”
Jack R. Hart, Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction

“Perhaps because polish is so visible,” Jon Franklin says, “many people erroneously believe it to be the most important part of writing.” But polish, Franklin adds, is merely “the plaster on the walls of structure.” The proof is in the window of the bookstore down the block. The display of current best sellers no doubt contains several titles by tin-eared pop novelists who wouldn’t recognize a graceful sentence if it asked them to dance. The likes of Jean Auel and Tom Clancy sell books by the millions because they understand story structure, a point that’s lost on the critics who savage their syntax.”
Jack R. Hart, Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction

“that a principal “obstacle to writing improvement is our tendency to dwell on either the final results or the mental origins of writing to the exclusion of the activity of writing, as if an empty gap separated writing from thinking.”
Jack R. Hart, A Writer's Coach: An Editor's Guide to Words That Work

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