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The Line Between Fact and Fiction

The Line Between Fact and Fiction | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"For centuries writers of nonfiction have borrowed the tools of novelists to reveal truths that could be exposed and rendered in no better way. They place characters in scenes and settings, have them speak to each other in dialogue, reveal limited points of view, and move through time over conflicts and toward resolutions."

Written by @roypeterclark @poynter

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Definition of Creative or Narrative Nonfiction

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CNF "bridge(s) the gulf that often separates dry research from human narrative."

(Reade, Johnsonian Gleanings)

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How to Use a Plot Planner | Jane Friedman

A plot planner enables you to keep the larger picture of your story in full view as you concentrate on writing individual scenes.
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Also works for students as a tool for analysis of literary fiction.
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The Power of Oral History as Journalism

The Power of Oral History as Journalism | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
"Exploring the art and craft of story."
These titles (and more on the website) open doors to new ways of telling stories using new technologies.
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NiemanStoryboard is the gold standard in writing resources. @NiemanStory These titles and more can be accessed from the site.
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Multimedia Reporting: Snow Fall, A New Wave Of Literary Journalism? - European Journalism Observatory - EJO

Multimedia Reporting: Snow Fall, A New Wave Of Literary Journalism? - European Journalism Observatory - EJO | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
" Thanks to the development of digital technology, classic literary techniques can now be combined with elements from other media: videos, audio, animations, maps, interactive infographics and data visualisation. The technique enables a more immersive form of story-telling, taking the reader along in a linear way, as with a movie or novel. "

E- A  news story about a snow storm in Washington State won The New York Times 2013 Pulitzer Prize, and led to an avalanche of so-called literary reportage.
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David Foster Wallace’s Syllabus for His 2008 Creative Nonfiction Course

David Foster Wallace’s Syllabus for His 2008 Creative Nonfiction Course | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

DFW defines the term 'creative nonfiction' :

 

Excerpt: "As nonfiction, the works are connected to actual states of affairs in the world, are “true” to some reliable extent. If, for example, a certain event is alleged to have occurred, it must really have occurred; if a proposition is asserted, the reader expects some proof of (or argument for) its accuracy. At the same time, the adjective creative signifies that some goal(s) other than sheer truthfulness motivates the writer and informs her work. This creative goal, broadly stated, may be to interest readers, or to instruct them, or to entertain them, to move or persuade, to edify, to redeem, to amuse, to get readers to look more closely at or think more deeply about something that’s worth their attention. . . or some combination(s) of these." DFW

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Wallace's definition is a go-to for writers, readers, teachers of creative/literary NF.

 

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Storytelling: Let your lead be a flashlight, and 9 other ideas for focusing a story

Storytelling: Let your lead be a flashlight, and 9 other ideas for focusing a story | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

 “Help! for Writers,” by Roy Peter Clark.

Excerpt:

Problem #7: I don’t know what my story is really about.

Solutions:

1. Limit the scope of the topic.

5. Make sure all the evidence in your story points to a single idea or conclusion.

9. List questions your story will answer for the reader.

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Simple, brief bullets to help the writer.

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Picturing the Personal Essay: A Visual Guide | Creative Nonfiction

Picturing the Personal Essay: A Visual Guide | Creative Nonfiction | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"We keep on reading unless the writer stops stair-stepping upward toward the critical moment when change becomes necessary. If she flatlines on an emotional plateau, not raising the tension, then we are likely to lose interest and walk away."

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Visualizing the writing structure helps to identify what is and isn't working.

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‘The Line Between Fact and Fiction’ revisited

‘The Line Between Fact and Fiction’ revisited | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

Lies are like catshit: "To my mind, a small bit of catshit equals a catshit sandwich, unless I know where the catshit is and can eat around it.”

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Tutor Tips: Creative Writing

If representing and exploring the “real” by writing in the genre of creative non-fiction is your goal, we hope these tips about what creative non-fiction is, as well as some pointers on a few genres that are considered creative non-fiction (memoir and the personal essay) can help you.

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Excellent resource for students writing CNF. Outlines the differences between CNF and traditional NF.

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10 ways to mine that mountain of material in your notebook. | Poynter.

Problem: I have too much material to handle.

Solutions:

1. Write for a while without reference to your notes.

2. Go through your notes and mark the very best material with three stars: * * *

3.  Copy the...

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Quest One Characteristics of Literary NonFiction

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Simple explanation, even for elementary students, of differences between Expository Nonfiction and Creative or Literary Nonfiction. 

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Teaching with creative nonfiction

 

Jago says that creative nonfiction has “esthetic splendor, cognitive power, and wisdom” and can help students build critical background knowledge.

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Jago references The Atlantic article 'The Case For Reparations': http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

Learning begins by engaging interest with CNF book, follow with student directed learning through further topic research using SIRS, results in wider understanding of global issues.

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Immersion journalism - SnapBuzz

Immersion journalism or immersionism is a style of journalism similar to gonzo journalism. In the style, journalists immerse themselves in a situation and with the people involved. The final product tends to focus on the experience, not the writer. Like Gonzo, immersionism details an... http://snapbuzz.org/immersion-journalism/

Via SnapBuzz
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Definition and examples of some of the best books written in Immersion Journalism style.

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For Obama’s visit, let’s revisit ‘Hiroshima’ — the book, not the city

For Obama’s visit, let’s revisit ‘Hiroshima’ —  the book, not the city | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"My most recent book, "The Art of X-Ray Reading," devotes a chapter to 'Hiroshima' by John Hersey... Hiding inside the first sentence are several useful strategies for writers in every genre. Let me put on my X-ray reading glasses and show you what I am seeing. To help you see, I will divide Hersey’s lead into three parts: beginning, middle, and ending..."

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Know a budding writer? Roddy Doyle has ten tips to get them writing

Know a budding writer? Roddy Doyle has ten tips to get them writing | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it


"Some timely advice on how to write."


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Simple advice direct from a teen favourite author.
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9 Things I've Learned About Writing by Teaching Freshmen to Write

The end of this academic year marks my tenth year of teaching freshmen to write. From dedicated writing seminars t
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Capote, Talese, Orwell, Boo—masters of the craft, in their own words.

“... I began to train myself to transcribe conversation without using a tape-recorder. I did it by having a friend read passages from a book, and then later I'd write them down to see how close I could come to the original .... I could get within 95 percent of absolute accuracy."

Truman Capote

 

 

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Starter storytelling tools for new journalists

Starter storytelling tools for new journalists | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

One of the most common questions I get as a technical person in media from new journalists is, “What are your favorite storytelling tools?

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Keep your audience interested with storytelling tools like Storify, Google News Lab, Gifs, Autotune.

 

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Writing Tips: Sharpening Your Mental Pencil

Writing Tips: Sharpening Your Mental Pencil | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
This week, I talk about the types of drills you can use to help improve your writing skills.
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Fundamental writing drills that work equally well for high school students.
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Storytelling: Choose a main character and 9 other ideas for starting a story

Storytelling: Choose a main character and 9 other ideas for starting a story | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

 “Help! for Writers,” by Roy Peter Clark.

Excerpt:

Problem 8: I don't know how to start my story.

Solutions:

1. Collect examples of good beginnings. Read them for inspiration.

5. Find a clue to plant early to foreshadow meaningful themes and events.

8. Ask yourself, "If I were making a movie of my story, what image would the viewer see first?"

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Simple, brief bullets to help the writer.

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What is Creative Nonfiction? | Creative Nonfiction

What is Creative Nonfiction? | Creative Nonfiction | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"Creative nonfiction has become the most popular genre in the literary and publishing communities. These days the biggest publishers—HarperCollins, Random House, Norton, and others—are seeking creative nonfiction titles more vigorously than literary fiction and poetry. Recent creative nonfiction titles from major publishers on the best-seller lists include Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle." 

Lee Gutkind

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The big book of narrative resource material devoted to excellence in journalistic storytelling

The big book of narrative resource material devoted to excellence in journalistic storytelling | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"You’ll find craft essays, interviews, how-to’s and a long list of highly recommended reading, along with analyses and author line-by-lines from our “Why’s this so good?” and Annotation Tuesday! ... a treasure trove of resource material devoted to excellence in journalistic storytelling."

 

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150 writing tips from the best writers and editors in the field. Free online resource for writers' craft.

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Amazing resource shared by Leslie Whidden :) 150 ways to write stories

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From Nieman Reports: How to tell powerful narratives on Instagram

From Nieman Reports: How to tell powerful narratives on Instagram | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
"Over time I realized that beneath the selfie surface, Instagram provided a powerful, unexpected, and mostly underutilized storytelling tool."
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Student love of Instagram may translate into engagement in an academic assignment.

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Creative nonfiction

Hesse talks about why he believes creative nonfiction is a powerful tool for conveying information – it gives the reader an “angle into the content.”

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Nieman Reports | How comics can bring new audiences to narrative nonfiction

Nieman Reports | How comics can bring new audiences to narrative nonfiction | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"Comics like Symbolia’s “Declassified” give readers a personal understanding of a story that may feel remote from daily life...

comic books can be successfully used to bring new readers into complex issues. As journalism organizations try to connect with new audiences and innovate online, comic book narratives can work across platforms, engage younger, more visually oriented readers, and transcend cultural borders."

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Persepolis, Maus, Deogratias.

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