In some ways, creative nonﬁction is like jazz—it’s a rich mix of ﬂavors, ideas, and techniques, some newly invented and others as old as writing itself. Creative nonﬁction can be an essay, a journal article, a research paper, a memoir, a tweet; it can be personal or not, or it can be all of these.
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2. Creative. Nonfiction. ● Until recently, “creative” in writing has meant poetry, drama, and fiction; “nonfiction” has meant journalism, business writing, academic scholarship, and car manuals. ● Put together, “creative” plus “nonfiction” produces a synergy that attracts fiction and nonfiction writers alike.
3. Nonfiction Plus The world of creative nonfiction is not invented. Events actually took place; characters are real people. The writer, who is handed the facts, must find the story within them and tell it true, ambiguities and all. In fiction, you can change, pretend, and invent to be In creative nonfiction, you must locate and shape what is interesting in the messiness of real life. Interesting is key. It is not enough to report, summarize, and analyze the facts; creative nonfiction also values storytelling, voice, and evocative language to illuminate those facts, making readers connect experientially, as if they were there.
4. Creative Nonfiction defined by The vertical-striped cushions in early ‘70s green and brown are hard and don’t give muh after three Professor emari DiGiorgio: hours, yet there’s something nostalgic about the couch where I have sat for so many writing courses-- and hot it triggers memories…. The Couch is real. I’ve scribbled in the inked grooves of the wooden armrest to my right, written “Hi Joe!” to a friend who sits here in another class. I’ve run my fingers over the cloth and felt the fabrics worn away by time and other young writers. Creative Nonfiction is real, or at least most of it. In my portfolio, Celeste really drove the pick-up at age eight, and my mother believed that TR-7 would flip if she drove on uneven pavement. But as with any literary genre, my view is limited, the details chosen and molded to bring out something more than just what happened. What girl may have sat where I sit now, once crushed by comments on her work? Perhaps a new mother napped on this couche, exhausted with her schoolwork and new child. There are so many stories to tell, but one must choose and then find the way to retell it to generate interest in other readers… Perhaps, I’m finally starting to get comfortable on this couch.
5. Umbrella Creative nonfiction is an umbrella that covers everything from childhood memoir to narrative journalism. In between are personal essay, portrait, lyric essay, travel memoir, nature writing, visual essay, opinion essay, investigative memoir, an all nonfiction that values language, voice, memory, research, and imagination to recreate the real world.
6. Creative nonfiction as ❖ An allegiance to veracity, ❖an umbrella An engaging voice that Term gives drawing on fact to write truthfully about the real world and drawing personal authority to the on memory and imagination to writing and pulls in the show us this world in full color. If reader whether the “I” is at you are changing or inventing the center of the text or on facts to make a better story, you the sidelines. are writing fiction. If you are ❖ A desire for self-exploration using existing facts as you and discovery, whether experienced them, you are writing creative nonfiction. writing about yourself or ❖ A commitment to be interesting, others. Often the writer’s using a full range of storytelling mind at work is as devices-- dialogue, description, interesting as the subject metaphor, anecdote, character matter, creating a tension development-- to draw your that is key to success in this reader into the writing. ❖ An ability, as essayist Cynthia genre. Ozick says, to find “the ❖ A fine-tuned sense of the extraordinary in the ordinary” so rhythms of language. that the small things in life ❖ A freedom in form and illuminate the big ideas that language to go wherever make readers care.
7. Types of Creative Nonfiction:Subgenres Memoir Personal Portrait Stories about a slice of life as Essay Focus less on a story of past experience Makes a person other than the “I” opposed to and more on come alive on the autobiography exploring some page. Can be about that tells the aspect of the here- someone we know whole story from and-now, which well or about the day of birth to often includes someone we’ve just the present. Relies connections to the met and/or read heavily on past. about. memory.
8. Types of Creative Nonfiction:Subgenres Essay of Opinion Narrative Place Captures setting or Essay Aim to persuade. Journalism a series of scenes You’ll find them on Combines by combining the op=-ed pages investigative factual information, of newspapers, reporting with strong sensory and many are personal voice, detail, a story line, based on facts and storytelling, and and the writer’s figures. memorable point of view. language.
9. Citation: Writing True: the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2014. https://www.teachersp ayteachers.com/Store/ Its-All-Lit-With-Mackey CREDITS: This presentation template was created by Slidesgo, including icons by Flaticon, and infographics & images by Freepik. Please keep this slide for attribution.