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Apr 12, 2011
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Rebecca Skloot Talks About How Fried Green Tomatoes and The Hurricane Helped Her Find the Structure of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

@calebhannan sent me this video, and it’s got some of my favorite stuff in there: Skloot was trying to find a structure for her multi-narrative book, so she wrote the different plots out on color-coded index cards, laid them all out where she could look at them, and then went hunting for stories with multi-threaded narratives that she could borrow from. She ended up storyboarding the story lines from the film The Hurricane on the same color-coded index cards, and then laying out her book material over the movie’s structure. Fascinating!

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  1. 3rdcoastfieldnotes reblogged this from powells and added:
    Audio Thursday Video Sunday Rebecca Skloot Talks About How Fried Green Tomatoes and The Hurricane Helped Her Find the...
  2. bookoisseur reblogged this from powells and added:
    I love writer process pieces.
  3. powells reblogged this from libraryland
  4. libraryland reblogged this from austinkleon
  5. michellelegro reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    Rebecca Skloot is the Tina Fey for nonfiction writers. There, I’ve said it.
  6. poptech reblogged this from austinkleon
  7. 11erasorhed11 reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    I got to meet and talk to Rebecca Skloot last year, when she came to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as part...
  8. downlookingup reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    The work really paid off, too. The book is ah-may-zing.
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  10. emilyqualey said: So awesome.
  11. taxidermychurch reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    Love Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Great video about how she figured out the structure.
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