Pulitzer prize winner drafts book in PowerPoint

A hearty congratulations to Jennifer Egan, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for her book, A Visit from the Goon Squad. Why are we doubly excited about Ms. Egan’s prize? Just take a look at her slidecast and you’ll see. This acclaimed author drafted and developed the book using PowerPoint!

The slidecast first caught our attention when Greta Stahl wrote about it on Duarte.com this past August. In the post, “Has the Goon Squad Come For PowerPoint?” Ms. Stahl explains,

“Egan chose PowerPoint to reveal the structure of small moments rather than emphasizing the connective tissue between moments, the focus of most conventional fiction.
“The true achievement of Egan’s PowerPoint chapter is demonstrating how the use of media-in-media can enhance the overall quality of a story when used well.”

In an article in The Daily Texan, Ms. Egan explains why PowerPoint served as the perfect tool,

“The novel’s a collection of pauses in moments separated by going forward or backward,” Egan said. “PowerPoint is built around that.”

Have you or someone you know used presentation tools in creative and unusual ways? Tell us about it in the comments below.

5 Responses to “Pulitzer prize winner drafts book in PowerPoint”

  1. VCoach Bong

    Nice powerpoint. But did it come before or after writing the book? It just seems to take too much time and effort to make diagrams and outlines on powerpoint vs. just going with the flow and writing outlines the conventional way on word.

  2. Big Eater

    You’d be surprised how much time and efforts authors put into organizing their stories before actually sitting down to type. Faulkner was famous for writing on his walls, others use index cards, some use giant paper flow charts; actually this is a much more efficient way to do it given the alternatives.