Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life

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Waveland Press, Feb 19, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 216 pages

Nonfiction is in the facts. Creative nonfiction is in the telling. It reads like fiction, but stays loyal to the truth. Philip Gerard walks this fine line with confidence, style and utter zeal, looking at the world with a reporters unflinching eye and offering it up with all the skill of a master storyteller. With the same clarity and passion, Gerard offers instruction and advice to help aspiring and experienced writers create pieces so compelling, so engaging, that readers will never forget them.

 

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Contents

What Is Creative Nonfiction Anyhow?
1
Finding an Original Subject
13
Researching
31
The Art of the Interview
53
On Assignment
76
What Form Will It Take?
89
Telling a True Story Using the Techniques of Fiction
112
Putting Yourself on the Line Autobiography Memoir and Personal Essay
136
Mystery and Structure Style and Attitude
155
RevisingWith and Without an Editor
179
Law and Ethics
193
Bibliography
209
About the Author
211
Index
213
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