You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction--from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between

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Da Capo Press, Aug 14, 2012 - Reference - 288 pages
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From rags-to-riches-to-rags tell-alls to personal health sagas to literary journalism everyone seems to want to try their hand at creative nonfiction. Now, Lee Gutkind, the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, taps into one of the fastest-growing genres with this new writing guide. Frank and to-the-point, with depth and clarity, Gutkind describes and illustrates each and every aspect of the genre, from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product. Offering new ways of understanding genre and invaluable tools for writers to learn and experiment with, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up allows writers of all skill levels to thoroughly expand and stylize their work. 

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction—From Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between

User Review  - Sue White - Book Verdict

Gutkind (founder & editor, Creative Nonfiction magazine; Keep It Real: Everything You Need To Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction) strays little from the theme of his writing life ... Read full review


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The Birth of the Godfather
The Creative Nonfiction Police
From Personal to Public
The Public or Big Idea
And Finally a Gentle Reminder
The Building Blocks
That Is the Question
Intimate Details
Inner Point of View
The Narrative Line and the Hook
The Story Determines the Research Informationthe FactsYou

The Creative Nonfiction Way of Life
Selecting Subjects to Write About
Its the Story Stupid
Main Point of Focus
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Lee Gutkind is the award-winning author of ten books, editor of ten anthologies, and founder of the first MFA creative nonfiction program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a writer in residence at Arizona State University. 

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