Mark Kramer is the founding father of our Fortellingens kraft conference. He also was founding director of the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism at Harvard. He has co-edited two leading texbook/readers on narrative nonfiction: Telling True Stories: a nonfiction writers’s guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, and Literary Journalism. He’s finishing a handbook for storytelling journalists. Among his books are: Mother Walter and the Pig Tragedy, Three Farms, Invasive Procedures, and Travels with a Hungry Bear. Kramer has written for the NY Times Sunday Magazine, National Geographic, the Atlantic Monthly and other periodicals. He’s been writer-in-residence at Smith College and Boston University for a decade each, and writer-in-residence and founding director of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University. Kramer leads a “kitchen workshop” for professional writers from all over the world (let him know if might want to join) currently at work on longform projects. He’s also founded ongoing narrative conferences in Amsterdam and London. He has two sons, Will and Eli, and played for years in contradance bands.