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The Royal Spy Who Became the Feminist Answer to Shakespeare

Aphra Behn was the first English woman in history to work as a professional writer. The only thing more colorful than her boundary-pushing stories was her own secretive life.

How One Writer Found His Happily Whatever After

Stewart Lewis on rom-com writing, publishing during the pandemic, and why escapist reads are more important than ever.

The Making of (a Book About) a Monster

How Narratively contributor Mary Kay McBrayer turned her love for true crime stories into a book about America’s first female serial killer.

This Narratively Editor’s First Book is a Home Run

Michael Stahl on co-writing Major League Baseball star Bartolo Colón’s autobiography.

Where Journalists Prepare for the Worst the World Can Throw at Us

At these frighteningly realistic boot camps, reporters like me train to cover everything from endless war to deadly pandemics — and create camaraderie that we’ll carry to every...

Secret Life of an Anonymous Speechwriter to the Stars

At work, I’m a ghost: always heard, never seen. But mastering the voices of celebrities and politicians helped me learn to speak for myself.