What is literary Journalism?

What is literary journalism, or creative nonfiction, and why should we care about it? Award-winning PEN literary journalist Kathleen Sharp describes this popular form of telling true stories and explains why it’s so rare.  Using examples from her own work for the New York Times, NPR, and TV platforms, she’ll reveal the elements that make a story great and that, ideally, deliver hope and sometimes justice. Her stories and observations will interest communicators of all kinds—from writers and memoirists to publicists and corporate communicators.

As a contributor to ProPublica, Kathleen is currently writing about how looted art gets into public museums. Her groundbreaking story about a California rainmaker (whose case was the plot for the movie Erin Brockovich) will soon be featured in CNBC’s hit series American Greed. She’s also working with the producers of the HBO hit Tokyo Vice to adapt her bestselling book, Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood (Carroll & Graf), into a limited series – while writing her next book, a true tale about a teenage POW who won the Olympics for his captors.

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