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Three tips for all you aspiring writers out there
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I’m back from the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine, and what a weekend!

The conference, sponsored by the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas and now in its 13th year, gathers giants of the nonfiction field to discuss storycraft, reporting and the art of a good yarn.

Reporters covering foreign wars, sports writers profiling some of the biggest athletes in the world, philosopher-authors specializing in the craft of storytelling — needless to say, I was awestruck.

I compiled a few tips of the trade for all the aspiring writers, storytellers and everyday people out...

Can you guess which of TV's highest-paid stars have North Texas ties?
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Forbes likes its lists. The business magazine just released its 2017 ranking of the world's top-earning TV entertainers (based on annual income), and two people with Texas ties are on the list.

It's worth noting that while the category is for TV entertainers, the stars' earnings can come from a variety of sources in addition to TV, including endorsements and merchandise sales.

The top person on the list, with earnings of $79 million, is Dr. Phil McGraw. He's also the first Texan on the list. His masters degree in experimental psychology and his doctorate in clinical...

Briefly: University of North Texas
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Engineering professor finalist for technology award 

Ram Dantu, director of UNT's Center for Information and Computer Security, is a finalist for a Tech Titans Award. 

He was nominated in the technology inventor category for his work on software for cellphones to help people properly perform chest compressions on heart attack victims.

Tech Titans is the largest technology trade association in Texas. Winners will be announced at the group's annual awards ceremony in August. 

Area teachers complete Summer Institute 

Three teachers spent June at UNT to learn how to develop...

Mayborn conference showcases best in nonfiction writing
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Following a second day studded with stars in the nonfiction field, the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference capped off Saturday with its Literary Lights Dinner and keynote address from Sebastian Junger, Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker and author.

Junger was on hand to discuss his 2013 award-winning film “Restrepo,” centering on a U.S. military forward operating base in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, and bestselling book “The Perfect Storm.”

Junger highlighted his time working with U.S. soldiers and the trauma they face when coming back home.

“What I’ve seen is that they hate to be there,...

3-day Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference ends
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The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference closed its weekend Sunday with a keynote address from novelist, philosopher, essayist and artist Charles Johnson, who discussed the craft of storytelling.

Johnson, the author of the novel “Middle Passage,” and a number of books on storytelling and other nonfiction, said the root of any good story is looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary.

“We live in a mysterious universe,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot that’s out there that gives me a sense of mystery and wonder. Part of your life as an artist is endless curiosity.”

Johnson was the last of three keynote...

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