Associate Professor of English and journalist Sue Hertz has published a book aimed at helping narrative nonfiction writers improve their skills. Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling (CQ Press, Sage) takes readers through each of the major questions writers must answer as they craft nonfiction narratives, whether memoir, literary journalism, personal essay, or travel essay. The book provides writing exercises, best practices from seasoned writers, and information relevant to digital and multi-media storytelling. Lee Gutkind, editor of Creative Nonfiction, calls the book “a microscopic and truly impressive examination of craft.”
Sue Hertz is also the author of Caught in the Crossfire: A Year on Abortion’s Front Line (Prentice Hall). Her narratives have appeared in numerous national and regional publications, including Redbook, House Beautiful, Parenting, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, New England Monthly, and Walking. A newspaper feature writer before she began the double life of teaching and writing, Hertz worked for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Herald in Everett, WA, and The Hartford Courant. She has appeared on various literary panels sponsored by organizations such as the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Key West Literary Seminar.