How To Tell Stories To Children


At NPL, we’re trying to revive reader-centered writing; writing that’s written for readers. But what does that mean? NPL editor Andrea Nolen explores this question in our latest addition to the Opinion page, How to Tell Stories to Children.


One of my favorite books on writing isn’t technically about writing at all, it’s titled How to Tell Stories to Children, by Sara Cone Bryant. Bryant was a storyteller– someone who told stories to live audiences. She would travel from school to school treating children to Aesop’s Fables, The Brothers Grimm and the like.

Sometimes the children weren’t well-behaved and many of Bryant’s insights came from figuring out how to get the kids’ attention despite themselves. Bryant was working in the early twentieth century, but today, when a reader’s attention is distracted by their iPhone, laptop and whatever else, authors face the same problem. How do we engage readers? How do we tell stories for readers?


Thank you to for cover image.

The Old Guard


A new addition to our Opinion page!

New Pop Lit editor Karl Wenclas weighs in on the controversy surrounding Paul Elie’s Vanity Fair article “How Salman Rushdie Survived the Satanic Verses Fatwa”.

Catch Karl’s essay, The Old Guard, or check out previous commentary here.

Thank you to Vanity Fair and Washingtonian for the photo.

Creating the New


At New Pop Lit we’re devoted to finding the next big thing in literature. We want to nurture writers who are taking their art to the public in a way that has never been done before.

To that end, we challenge our readers and contributors to create the new. What does that look like? Editor Karl Wenclas discusses Creating the New in our latest essay on the Opinion page… tell us what you think! Send us your new pop lit!