Phoenix Writers Network: An Evening with Matthew Goodman

Phoenix Writers Network: An Evening with Matthew Goodman

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Matthew Goodman, bestselling and award-winning author of narrative history, shares essential techniques to bring history alive on the page!

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You may well have read works of narrative history without even realizing it: Books by writers such as Erik Larson, Laura Hillenbrandt, Simon Winchester, Candice Millard, and Rebecca Skloot are all examples of this fascinating and increasingly popular form. The stories told in narrative history are all true – and yet these books read almost like novels, as vivid and engaging as great fiction.

In this session, we’ll do a deep dive into narrative history, discussing the techniques (most often associated with fiction) that it uses, including characterization, authorial voice, and various types of narrative structure. We’ll discuss the whole process from beginning to end, from initial research to final editing. And we’ll also take a close look at some fine examples of the genre, trying to figure out what makes them work so well – and how we can do it ourselves!


Matthew Goodman is a New York Times-bestselling author of four books of nonfiction: The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team (Ballantine Books, 2019); Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World (Ballantine Books, 2013); The Sun and the Moon: Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York(Basic Books, 2008)

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