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Would We Lie To You: How to Interview Someone Who Thinks You’re an Idiot

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[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

By Kat Setzer

"I see trainers in gyms that are, as far as I'm concerned, ignorant," says the researcher I'm interviewing for my book on women's strength. What she doesn't realize--because I haven't told her--is that I'm a personal trainer who works with middle-aged women much like the ones she studies.

March 19, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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Lab Report: We Tried an Experiment and Our Students Made It a Success

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[Another entry in the ongoing blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Pagan Kennedy

A year ago, Ethan Gilsdorf and I began to discuss a wildly ambitious idea: Could we invent a new way to teach nonfiction writing?

Because we're working journalists, we both benefit from constant feedback from our agents and editors.

Unfortunately, creative-writing students rarely have a chance to learn from those kinds of encounters with the real world of publishing.

March 5, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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Would We Lie To You? From Couplet to Byline: How Nonfiction Writers and Poets Can Learn from Each Other

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[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

By Rebecca Givens Rolland

I've been writing poetry for as long as I can remember, drawn in by the chance to get lost in language, to find just the right balance of silence and words.

Nonfiction, I've come to realize, is an entirely different beast.

When I enrolled in Grub Street's Nonfiction Career Lab, I wondered what it would do for my writing practice, this nosedive into a genre that, aside from pages and pages of lyrical-essay musings, was almost ...

February 19, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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Would We Lie to You?: I Feel Stranded Like a Sockeye

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[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Lisa Prior

Instead of working on my manuscript, I watched a PBS documentary from the couch in my living room with my fifteen year old son.

I learned that every year off the shores of Alaska, schools of salmon journey thousands of perilous miles to return to their birth waters to spawn

February 5, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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Would We Lie to You?: On Tolerance and the Senses

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[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Claire Cheney

"Each of us possesses five fundamental, enthralling maps to the natural world: sight, touch, taste, hearing, smell. As we unravel the threads that bind us to nature, as denizens of data and artifice, amid crowds and clutter, we become miserly with these loyal and exquisite guides, we numb our sensory intelligence." — Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise

January 22, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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