Storyology 2015 has ended
Storyology is Australia’s premier festival of media and storytelling. Register and see the full site at walkleys.com/storyology15/. Bookmark the mobile site at storyology15.sched.org/mobile. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #Storyology.

Program updates for Friday: 
- Sydney Morning Herald’s innovation editor, Stephen Hutcheon, is replacing Conal Hanna on the Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies, and Amy O’Leary will not be appearing.
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Mark Kramer

Boston University
Writer & professor
Mark Kramer is Clinical Professor of Practice in Narrative Journalism and writer-in-residence in Boston University’s journalism department. He is also founder and director of the Power of Narrative Conference​, which will convene April 1, 2016​ for its 18th session. He is the co-editor of two leading texbooks/readers on narrative nonfiction, Telling True Stories and Literary Journalism, and is completing a book about revision. He’s written four books of narrative nonfiction: Mother Walter and the Pig TragedyThree FarmsInvasive Procedures, andTravels with a Hungry Bear, and articles ​and reviews ​ for the New York Times Sunday MagazineNational GeographicThe Atlantic Monthly and many other periodicals and newspapers. He was previously writer-in-residence in American Studies at Smith College and writer-in-residence and founding director of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism at Harvard. For the past decade, he’s led a “kitchen workshop” ​at home near Boston, ​for working writers with book projects.

Mark Kramer in six words: Bystanding compassionately while taking good notes. 

Tell us a bit about you. How did you get to where you are today? What led you to become a storyteller?

Here’s the story of my coming of age as a literary journalist in the 1960s, near the start of the genre — published in a Dutch journal for writers.

A career moment I’m proud of is …

When books, articles, documentaries by three decades of folks from my writing seminars come out.

Something or someone I’m inspired by is …

The annual flow of new, amazing, fiercer-than-ever writers, newly confident that well-written truths can turn things around.

The time/place I’m most creative is …

Alas, at 2 a.m., anywhere — though good writing is mostly craft skills, not whisperings from the muses.

A kind of innovation that excites me is …

The move from stanchion to loose pack to free-stall dairy barns. Pre-railroad narrowboats and canals. The intentionality of the camshaft.

Other storytellers I admire are …

Katherine Boo, Tracy Kidder, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, David Finkel.

I would advise my 15-year-old self …

Calm down, watch intrepidly, and cherish your relentless curiosity.

At Storyology I can’t wait to share …

A clarifying concept of voice.

The Storyology session I’m looking forward to is …

Amy O’Leary on storytelling science and good works.