Over the weekend, I found myself at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine, Texas. It was my first trip to the gathering, even as a native north Texan, but I must say it was an extremely valuable and exciting place for any nonfiction storyteller to be. Speakers and authors came from all over — The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Outside magazine and more, offering nuggets of wisdom that you just can’t get working in a newsroom.
One talk, in particular–“Rejoice! There is a place for long-form journalism online–and it pays”–proved especially interesting, and I thought it’d be fun to share some takeaways with an audience that couldn’t be at the Mayborn.
Here were the resounding choruses of the conference discussion:
Ignore what you’ve heard: “longform journalism” as we know it isn’t going away.