Writing Creative Nonfiction

I have finally purchased a Kindle. Amazon has now released this bigger model (9″ diagonal) that suits me well, since I wear reading glasses and suffer from tired eyes from time to time. I love the pictures, focusing on famous literary figures of the past, like this one, “Sybilla”, that appear on the screen when you turn it off.

I am just starting to learn about the main features, of which there are many, and am already nearly through my first downloaded book: The Art of Creative Nonfiction by Lee Gutkind. He’s a great writer and an excellent teacher. This is a good one to start with, as it contains excerpts of creative nonfiction essays in the appendix.

Like the good academic that he is, Gutkind defines the term “creative nonfiction” in the beginning, before proceeding to give examples of, firstly: Creative Features, viz the importance of Scenes and Dialogue, Framing, Imagery, Characterisation, Theme–just like in fiction; and then, the Nonfiction aspect, i.e. the story or content, which he likes to think of as the teaching part.  During his discussions, he uses examples from his own writings and places them in the context of his “immersion” technique that involves merging with the lives of the people he is depicting, such as at the transplant hospital, the Mayo Clinic, in his own city of Pittsburgh. And in the appendix there is a lot of important information for new writers, admittedly focusing on American input, but also applicable in general.

What I think I will download next is his book that presents more examples of this genre of writing: The Best Creative Nonfiction.

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