Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer for the Tampa Bay Times who seeks stories about people in the shadows. Some put a face on news events and current issues. Others shine a light on people’s private struggles and triumphs. Many are narratives, focusing on helpers and hope. She has written at the Times for more than 20 years and teaches at colleges and conferences around the world. She also hosts WriteLane, a podcast about non-fiction storytelling.
The University of Chicago Press recently published an annotated anthology of Lane’s work: “The Girl in the Window” and Other True Tales. It includes stories about a feral child, a 99-year-old man sweeping a shrimp factory, a boy buying his first valentine, a lying cowboy and a young couple running away from winter. Each story is annotated with tips about how she found, reported and wrote the story to help other writers and writing teachers.