Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Creative Nonfiction

In my fifth creative writing class, I propose a working definition of creative nonfiction that I'd like to take with me into the next few classes, when I'll look at different types of this form of writing and some of the techniques used in each.

Creative nonfiction involves the use of fictive or imaginative techniques to write about things that have happened, that is, with the truth claims of nonfiction.

It can sometimes feel as though there is a contradiction in this, especially when the creative elements of a work seem to bring it very close to fiction. But the contradiction - or perhaps complication is a better word - is also at the heart of how such writing affects us and brings its subject matter to life.

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