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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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Got 19 bucks? Take an online storytelling class with Susan Orlean: Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style

Got 19 bucks? Take an online storytelling class with Susan Orlean:  Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"Bestselling author and New Yorker writer Susan Orlean breaks down a semester’s worth of storytelling instruction in a two-hour online video course for Skillshare.com. For $19, you get tips and insight on 14 topics, from finding a story idea to collaborating with editors. Plus, a writing assignment:  "

posted on July 29, 2014

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Immersion journalists discuss their craft

Immersion journalists discuss their craft | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

The New Yorker Festival featured a four-panelist discussion called “Immersion Journalism” on Saturday, which was decidedly barren of one key element: a straightforward explanation of “immersion journalism.” Editor David Remnick, who moderated   "

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Challenging and issue-driven immersion journalism books popular with students : NewJack, by Ted Conover; Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich; Black Like Me, by Howard Griffin.

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Constance Hale defines "narrative journalism" | Sin and Syntax

Constance Hale defines "narrative journalism" | Sin and Syntax | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

Constance Hale defines the literature of fact

"I’ve taught narrative journalism at Harvard, organized conferences on the subject, written criticism about it, and practiced it for more than 20 years.

The name 'narrative journalism' is inelegant, but this genre of reportage takes the literary techniques of fiction and poetry and applies them to telling true stories."

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Hale lists 9 literary techniques that are involved in narrative journalism.

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Literary Devices and Literary Terms

Literary Devices and Literary Terms | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

A list of literary devices and literary terms with detailed definition and examples for students and writers.

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Excellent writing resource.

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Laura Hillenbrand makes a literary run for the roses

Laura Hillenbrand makes a literary run for the roses | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
[What we all need leading up to a Triple Crown horse race is an essay about the rhetoric of punctuation. So here it is, adapted from a chapter in my book The Glamour of Grammar.
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Give  this do-it-yourself to students:  read passage, discuss, practice, learn, grow, enjoy a dynamic writing style - everything in one neat package. Thanks, Mr. Clark.

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Telling True Stories - anthology of narrative journalism from The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

Telling True Stories - anthology of narrative journalism from The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

More than ninety essays and short pieces take the reader from story idea through publication, and on to writing books and building a career as a narrative writer

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Tutorials from the best.

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Writers and Editors - resources

Writers and Editors - resources | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
Writers and Editors, linking writers and editors to resources (including each other), markets, clients, and fans——maintained by Pat McNees, writer, personal and organizational historian, journalist, editor.
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For ALL things writing, a wealth of resources! Thanks for making this available online, Ms. McNees.

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Beginning, middle and end? by Adam Westbrook

Beginning, middle and end? by Adam Westbrook | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"These three discoveries have changed my approach to non-fiction storytelling on a fundamental level."

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Real Story: A Guide to Nonfiction Reading Interests, by Sarah Statz Cords

Real Story: A Guide to Nonfiction Reading Interests, by Sarah Statz  Cords | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"Each chapter opens with a definition of the category (Biography, Travel, Adventure, Crime, etc), a discussion of its appeal factors, and an explanation of how the category has been organized into subgenres. Each genre subdivision offers an explanation of what the subgenre includes and lists 3 to 10 titles...The annotations provide an excellent idea of what the book is about and what its appeal is."

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Lunchtime viewing: 5 useful vids on storytelling

Lunchtime viewing: 5 useful vids on storytelling | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
  Novelist Chimamanda Adichie on how to tell a story, TEDtalks. Discussed: how to find your voice; the danger of a single cultural narrative; ginger bee
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"the transformative power of multimedia storytelling' plus 4 good videos, some TED talks.

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50 things you don't know about non-fiction storytelling (for journa...

"Storytelling is like sex" wrote David Mamet, "everyone can do it, some of us are better at it than others." After three years of studying non-fiction storyt...
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@AdamWestbrook Apr 13

RT @BenKellyMusic: Fellow struggling creatives must watch these @AdamWestbrook videos! Pt1 http://vimeo.com/84022735 ; Pt2 http://vimeo.com/87448006

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Do we want a ‘narrative,’ or reliable facts?

Do we want a ‘narrative,’ or reliable facts? | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"A report contains at least some of the five Ws. A report is also written with language that is unloaded ... A narrative is a form of vicarious experience, a virtual reality that transports us from the here and now to some distant place..."

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Clark explains the very real difference between 'report' and 'narrative'. His succinct definition helps readers to understand the difference between hard NF vs creative NF.

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Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style

Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
The rise of sites like Medium and Longreads have inspired a resurgence in creative nonfiction—that compelling, leisurely writing that weaves true ideas and characters into stories that reveal as much about its readers as its subject. But where do those stories come from? And how do they work?In this class, Susan Orlean, best-selling author and longtime New Yorker staff writer, walks us through her writing process f...
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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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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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An Interview With Creative Nonfiction Writer Phillip Lopate | Poets and Writers

An Interview With Creative Nonfiction Writer Phillip Lopate | Poets and Writers | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"James Frey, in his 'defense', said memoir is a new genre. He said there aren’t as many rules as there were when Hemingway and Fitzgerald were writing fiction.

This is total nonsense... "

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My New Challenge – Creative Nonfiction | Women and Work ... Then ...

My New Challenge – Creative Nonfiction | Women and Work ... Then ... | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"I've written a lot in the last three decades. My curriculum vitae lists 41 published articles, 21 book chapters, dozens of conference papers, and assorted book reviews and “other” publications ...   

This “creative nonfiction” thing, though, is a whole new ball of wax. "

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Miller writes candidly about finding her way through the process of writing 'true' stories.

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Overview: Aboard the Narrative Train | Poynter.

Overview: Aboard the Narrative Train | Poynter. | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

 

“Narrative's greatest unrealized potential is to communicate the hardest news — the crucial questions of social justice. Grim subjects, destitute characters, complicated wrongs need narrative so people will read them and give half a damn.”

 

Katherine Boo, author of "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"

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Narrative nonfiction - Writers and Editors

Narrative Nonfiction: (Whether it's called narrative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, long-form journalism, creative nonfiction, or narrative journalism — true stories, well-written and compelling).

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What is it? Structure. Craft. Books. Anthologies. Audio. Multimedia. Storytelling.

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Narrative Nonfiction: Telling a Story with Facts

Narrative Nonfiction: Telling a Story with Facts | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
It’s finally happened. You have to write a story based on a nonfiction event or idea. Sound boring? Not so fast. While a nonfiction story MUST use real facts, there is no reason it has to be boring...
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YA level tips.

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Keeping it simple: On plain language

Keeping it simple: On plain language | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"A few years ago an intern did a study of the writing that showed up in our newspaper. He ran our stories through a computer program that measured the reading level  "

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Most stories were written at a fifth-grade level. Surprised?

 

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Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction, by Neal Wyatt

Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction, by Neal  Wyatt | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

Nine chapters discuss core writers, books, and research resources in major subject areas... Appendices provide practical methods and forms for building subject guides, creating a nonfiction reading plan, and keeping annotations of one’s reading.

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#1 librarian Resource for Creative Nonfiction. Learn what narrative nonfiction is, and how to make educated recommendations.

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Literary Nonfiction Constructs a Narrative Foundation

Literary Nonfiction Constructs a Narrative Foundation | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

Fall 2000

"In college classes, students read great storytellers and learn how to tell a story...  learn about the LARGER CULTURAL CONTEXT of their work, as well." (College professor, Madeleine Blais)

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Creative Nonfiction has made inroads into high school curriculum since this essay's publication in 2000. Based on my observations as a secondary school librarian, given the choice many students favour CNF over F for personal reading. And, I believe that personal choice is an overwhelming determinant of whether a student will continue reading for enjoyment beyond the classroom.

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Want to write great narrative? Study screenwriting.

Want to write great narrative? Study screenwriting. | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

Writers' tips:

1. Story: The Logline - " For narrative journalists ... a logline can help you better understand what you really have to offer in a given story, and to stay focused on that essential idea throughout the work."

2. Character: Saving the Cat

3. The Antagonist

4. Structure - the Inciting Incident

5. Structure - Three Acts

6. Endings

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Kirsten Shedden's curator insight, May 27, 2:40 PM

thanks Leslie!