321: From Feature Article to Book: The Art of Storytelling in Nonfiction — Interview with Matt Hongoltz-Hetling
Hey there word nerds!
Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Matt Hongoltz-Hetling.
Matt is a freelance journalist specializing in narrative features and investigative reporting. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, has won a George Polk Award, and has been voted Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press association, as well as many other honors.
His work has appeared in varied publications, like USA Today, Popular Science, and the Associated Press, as well as many others. Today we’ll be talking about his nonfiction book: A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears).
In this episode Matt and I discuss:
- Where he visited to conduct interviews with locals that inspired his book.
- How to build positive relationships in the publishing industry when you are not naturally outgoing.
- What fiction and nonfiction have in common.
Plus, his #1 tip for writers.
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