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 - 270 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

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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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Contents

The Birth of the Godfather
3
The FastestGrowing Genre
9
Truth and Fact
18
The Creative Nonfiction Police
32
Schedules
44
From
55
The Public or Big Idea
61
The Creative Nonfiction Way of Life
69
The Yellow or Highlighting Test
107
That
114
Intimate Details
124
Inner Point of View
135
Reflection
183
The Narrative Line and the Hook
204
The Story Determines The Research
216
A Creative Nonfiction
230

Selecting Subjects to Write About
78
Its the Story Stupid
89
And Finally a Gentle Reminder
96
The Building Blocks
105
Read This Book Again
245
Permissions
260
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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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