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

“exposition is the enemy of narrative. Good exposition provides just enough backstory to explain how the protagonist happens to be in a particular place, at a particular time, with the wants that will lead to the next phase of the story. Thorough reporting produces overwhelming detail. Good storytellers cut through it to create a clear path leading forward.”
Jack R. Hart, Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction

“the protagonist-complication-resolution model for story. You see it in various forms. Philip Gerard, who writes both novels and book-length narrative nonfiction, says a story follows when “a character we care about acts to fulfill his desires with important consequences.”
Jack R. Hart, Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction




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