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Given the madness of Omicron and the moment, we're extending applications for the Delacorte Review Diversity Grants til ...
12/20/2021
Chapter 40: Every Voice

Given the madness of Omicron and the moment, we're extending applications for the Delacorte Review Diversity Grants til December 31st. Apply and please pass the word. Details below in Writerland newsletter

This newsletter began forty chapters ago as a journey propelled by a question: Is it inevitable or even essential that writers suffer? That journey started when I returned to writing after six years away; I had stopped after a painful conversation with my agent that left me believing that my book wr...

Now that you've taken the creative leap time to consider what commercial risks you need to take
12/10/2021
Writerland, Chapter 42: Risky Business, Part II

Now that you've taken the creative leap time to consider what commercial risks you need to take

....and so Aretha Franklin, inspired by a riff that came after many trials and interminable errors, begins to sing “I Never Loved a Man,” and the trajectory of her life and career changes, as if in an instant. She has journeyed to Rick Hall’s recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (the sto...

This week's Writerland is all about creative risk and there is a lot writers can learn from Aretha Franklin. If you have...
12/03/2021
Chapter 41: Risky Business

This week's Writerland is all about creative risk and there is a lot writers can learn from Aretha Franklin. If you haven't signed up yet, join us.

In the pantheon of gratuitous writing advice, alongside write what you know and find your voice, is the admonition to take risks. Often this advice comes from writers who look back at the risks they took when they were young and unknown. Fearful though they might have been of more rejection and fail...

Reminder December 1 is deadline for @DelacorteReview three #writinggrants intended for candidates whose work will contri...
11/30/2020
Writerland, Chapter 18: Helping to Raise Every Voice

Reminder December 1 is deadline for @DelacorteReview three #writinggrants intended for candidates whose work will contribute to diversity and excellence. Each grant will pay $1000 and will run for five months. Details here in convo w/ @Jelani9 https://thedelacortereview.substack.com/p/writerland-chapter-18-helping-to

Writerland is a newsletter from The Delacorte Review whose mission is to help writers tell the stories they need to tell. Waiting to be discovered as a writer is like waiting for someone to fall in love with you: you imagine what it will feel like, the thrill, excitement and joy. But you wonder whet...

The Year of Fear, Conclusion: As Election Day Nears
10/28/2020
The Year of Fear, Conclusion: As Election Day Nears

The Year of Fear, Conclusion: As Election Day Nears

Who could have known? Who could have predicted that a year whose story would have surely been seen through the lens of a presidential campaign would unfold as it has. Who could have anticipated a virus that, a week before Election Day, had killed over 225,000 Americans and infected 8.7 million; that...

A journalist returns home to Beirut fearful that the revolution she’d had to watch from afar had ended. The embers and h...
10/23/2020
Waiting for Normal

A journalist returns home to Beirut fearful that the revolution she’d had to watch from afar had ended. The embers and hope still burned. Then came the explosions of August.

A journalist returns to Beirut fearful that the revolution she’d had to watch from afar had ended.

The Black Dahlia
09/10/2020
The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia

The Long, Strange History of Los Angeles' Coldest Cold Case

For 75 years a French town has been celebrating the American GIs who liberating them from the Nazis. When the aging libe...
08/18/2020
When the Iron Men Returned

For 75 years a French town has been celebrating the American GIs who liberating them from the Nazis. When the aging liberators returned last fall thousands came to greet them - even though most were not even alive that day. Why do they come?

A French town has never stopped celebrating the GIs who liberated them 75 years ago.

In the newest chapter of Writerland, the NYT's Ellen Barry talks about the story that never goes away -- and the miracle...
05/28/2020
Writerland Chapter 10: NYT’s Ellen Barry on the Story That Will Not Go Away

In the newest chapter of Writerland, the NYT's Ellen Barry talks about the story that never goes away -- and the miracle of binders

Writerland is a newsletter from The Delacorte Review whose mission is to help writers tell the stories they need to tell. Writers have all sorts of relationships with their stories, and most of them are healthy. There are stories that happen in a great burst of creativity. The heart races. The breat...

Life was already precarious in McKeesport PA....Chapter 15 of the Year of FearSign up to receive each weekly chapterhttp...
05/22/2020
In towns like McKeesport, the future was already precarious. Then came coronavirus.

Life was already precarious in McKeesport PA....
Chapter 15 of the Year of Fear
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The communities we cover at Tube City Online may be small, but they pull their weight in the county’s homicide numbers. In 2019, eleven of the county’s ninety-five homicides were in three of the five communities we serve. Those municipalities have a combined population of about 34,600 people. 

A non-fiction narrative told in weekly dispatches -- stories too seldom told about an America too seldom seen or underst...
05/12/2020
A good idea at the time

A non-fiction narrative told in weekly dispatches -- stories too seldom told about an America too seldom seen or understood

There’s been a slow-moving, surreal, multi-politician train wreck in Georgia, and the carnage is strewn across the Peach State’s landscape. Aside from the COVID-19 virus that has infected 33,833 and killed 1,405 as of May 11, this train wreck started, oddly enough, as though Georgia had escaped ...

"There’s been a slow-moving, surreal, multi-politician train wreck in Georgia, and the carnage is strewn across the Peac...
05/12/2020
A good idea at the time

"There’s been a slow-moving, surreal, multi-politician train wreck in Georgia, and the carnage is strewn across the Peach State’s landscape..."
Writerland Chapter 15
Sign up today to get each weekly dispatch

There’s been a slow-moving, surreal, multi-politician train wreck in Georgia, and the carnage is strewn across the Peach State’s landscape. Aside from the COVID-19 virus that has infected 33,833 and killed 1,405 as of May 11, this train wreck started, oddly enough, as though Georgia had escaped ...

Week in and week out Year of Fear takes you to four American towns and tells the story of America at a moment unlike any...
05/05/2020
How the pandemic is playing in rural Virginia

Week in and week out Year of Fear takes you to four American towns and tells the story of America at a moment unlike any other
Sign up today for the newsletter
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In comparing rural Virginia and big cities, I am reminded of a man I once interviewed who had grown up in rural Virginia during the Great Depression. I anticipated tales of woe. Instead, he said he had noticed little difference: “We were poor before the stock market crash and poor afterwards.” H...

In the latest chapter of The Year of Fear a reporter encounters the growing threat of government secrecy -- even as the ...
04/21/2020
Transparency in a time of pandemic

In the latest chapter of The Year of Fear a reporter encounters the growing threat of government secrecy -- even as the need to know grows in urgency
Sign up today to get our weekly dispatches
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As I got ready to head out the door on April 1 to cover a McKeesport City Council meeting, I could tell my wife was worried. Over eight years of marriage to a part-time community journalist, she’s put up with a lot, including endless late-night meetings and noisy interviews conducted over speaker ...

04/14/2020
The Year of Fear - Columbia Journalism Review

Four Towns. Four veteran journalists telling the story of a time unlike any other. The Year of Fear. Subscribe today and read the story of America today. From the Delacorte Review and Columbia Journalism Review
https://www.cjr.org/year-of-fear-2020

Each week until Election Day, the Year of Fear—a project of the Delacorte Review and CJR—publishes a dispatch from one of our four towns: Bowling Green, Virginia; Macon, Georgia; McKeesport, Pennsylvania; and McAllen, Texas. Subscribe to our newsletter here, and read previous chapters below. Int...

Our newest story is a fitting one for the moment --  a story that begins with one writer's despair and becomes a tale of...
04/01/2020
The Baller

Our newest story is a fitting one for the moment -- a story that begins with one writer's despair and becomes a tale of hope
https://delacortereview.org/2020/04/01/the-baller/

Can attitude help save the planet? A frightened climate reporter meets an ex-basketball player with a serious game plan.

When we launched The Year of Fear: Four American Towns on the way to November with Columbia Journalism Review two months...
03/25/2020
Fear and Loathing in the Time of Coronavirus

When we launched The Year of Fear: Four American Towns on the way to November with Columbia Journalism Review two months ago we could not have imagined how unfortunately apt that title would soon be.
If you haven't discovered the series, here is the latest chapter.
It tells the story of what happened when Covid-19 came to Western PA. Life gets ever more frightening and complicated for us all.
We're hoping these dispatches can bring each of us closer to one another.
https://mailchi.mp/columbia/the-mystery-of-caroline-county-virginia-688061?e=e8c086fed6

Until the COVID-19 pandemic finally came to Western Pennsylvania, I wasn’t sure whether “year of fear” applied to us, because it presumes that we’re all afraid of something.

Our newest story - published in collaboration with Granta - is the harrowing account of the life of a child soldier in t...
03/20/2020

Our newest story - published in collaboration with Granta - is the harrowing account of the life of a child soldier in the notorious Lords Resistance Army -- a life that haunts him to this day for what he saw, and what he did
https://delacortereview.org/2020/03/18/absolution/

If you're stuck at home and stuck on a story we are here to help with Writerland -- because nothing good ever came from ...
03/18/2020
Writerland, Chapter 5: New Face at the Cool Kids' Table

If you're stuck at home and stuck on a story we are here to help with Writerland -- because nothing good ever came from writers punishing themselves
https://thedelacortereview.substack.com/p/writerland-chapter-5?r=derc&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&utm_source=copy

Writerland is a newsletter from The Delacorte Review whose mission is to help writers tell the stories they need to tell. The first thing you need to know about Cornelius Ryan is that he was not cool. Certainly not cool enough to be asked to sit at the cool kids’ table.

Introducing Writerland -- sign up to join the journey to finding joy in writing
01/22/2020
Writerland, Chapter 1: Do Writers Have to Suffer?

Introducing Writerland -- sign up to join the journey to finding joy in writing

Writerland is a newsletter from The Delacorte Review whose mission is to help writers tell the stories they need to tell. I stopped writing six years ago. I was planning to work on a new book but was advised by my agent that the book, which he might have been able to sell before the upheavals caused...

We're open for submissions. If you have a story you always needed to tell -- an original work of narrative nonfiction --...
01/10/2020
Submissions

We're open for submissions. If you have a story you always needed to tell -- an original work of narrative nonfiction -- send it our way. Details here https://delacortereview.org/submissions/

Guidelines and Suggestions for Submissions At The Delacorte Review, we accept completed stories of between 3,500 and 50,000 words. We do not accept pitches. Why? Because we want to read the story you needed to tell, not the story you think an editor might be interested in reading and publishing.

For as long as anyone could remember the reindeer herders of Northern Scandinavia lived quietly and happily. Then came t...
11/18/2019
“Why Don't You Go Fight for the Reindeer?”

For as long as anyone could remember the reindeer herders of Northern Scandinavia lived quietly and happily. Then came the mines and the herders did two things they had never done before: they got angry. And they went to war.
Guess who won?
https://delacortereview.org/2019/11/17/why-dont-you-go-fight-for-the-reindeer/

Scandinavia’s Sami have been herding reindeer for generations. Then the miners arrived. The Sami had never been protesters. Until now.

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