Skip To Content

    19 Writing Tips From Writers And Editors For The New Yorker

    Secrets on reporting and storytelling from some of the best in the business.

    How does Susan Orlean find her profile subjects? How does Malcolm Gladwell get his sources to speak with him? How does Sarah Stillman bring the characters in her stories to life? Thanks to the Longform podcast, we listened in on conversations with writers for The New Yorker as they spilled their secrets for outstanding reporting and storytelling.

    ON WRITING AS A CALLING

    1. Elizabeth Wurtzel

    2. Evan Ratliff

    ON EDITING

    3. Jonathan Shainin

    ON WORKING WITH EDITORS

    4. Ann Friedman

    ON IDEAS

    5. Susan Orlean

    6. Patrick Radden Keefe

    ON STORYTELLING

    7. Sarah Stillman

    8. Gay Talese

    9. Jonah Weiner

    10. David Samuels

    11. David Grann

    ON REPORTING

    12. Rachel Aviv

    13. Malcolm Gladwell

    14. Nicholas Schmidle

    15. David Kushner

    ON FICTION

    16. George Saunders

    ON ESSAYS AND CRITICISM

    17. Emily Nussbaum

    18. Keith Gessen

    19. Ariel Levy

    ***

    Grace Bello is a lifestyle and culture reporter based in New York. She has been published in The Atlantic, NBCNews.com, the New York Daily News, Tablet, Time Out New York, The Awl, The Hairpin, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @grace_land.