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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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'Power of Narrative' Conference: Three ways to tell a story

'Power of Narrative' Conference: Three ways to tell a story | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
NARRATIVE NEWSMarch 31, 2015 “Power of Narrative” Conference: Three ways to tell a story Joshua Wolf Shenk talks about arc, voice and Frank Gehry
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David Foster Wallace’s mind-blowing creative nonfiction syllabus

David Foster Wallace’s mind-blowing creative nonfiction syllabus | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Another from the DFW archive -- you'll love his literary email address and the super-smart reading list
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Trademark DFW comments (love them):

"whatever feel-good term you might have got taught in high school"

"In the grown-up world"

"reasonably intelligent adults"

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Nonfiction literature

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High school student explains the  literary qualities of Creative Nonfiction. Good work, Jacqueline Curran.

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Long Form, Always | Creative Nonfiction

Long Form, Always | Creative Nonfiction | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"CNF: What do you consider to be beautiful writing?

JONES: By beautiful writing in nonfiction, I mean writing that transports me somewhere—where characters, scenes, places are rendered with the detail and the best devices of fiction, while adhering to the rules of journalism."

Maggie Jones is a contributing writer at The New York Times and a National Magazine Award finalist.

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A Guide to Thesis-Writing and a Guide to Life - The New Yorker

A Guide to Thesis-Writing and a Guide to Life - The New Yorker | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
Writing and research manuals like Umberto Eco’s “How to Write a Thesis” offer a vision of our best selves.
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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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10 Pieces of Wisdom from Top Writers

 

' 7. On ideas: “The idea is everything. If the idea is crappy, the story is mediocre at best. The idea has to have some action. There’s got to be something at stake..."

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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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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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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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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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Yale’s ‘Thread’ Program Stitches Storytellers Together | Idea Lab | PBS

Yale’s ‘Thread’ Program Stitches Storytellers Together | Idea Lab | PBS | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
Thread at Yale was billed as a gathering for people interested in storytelling in modern media. Or, as the website explained: It’s not a conference, and it’s not a workshop. It’s both. Maybe it’s neither.
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Storytelling is magic

" most great magic tricks are stories. And those seven principles of magic actually really apply: They could be the seven principles of storytelling. This might be a stretch, but I think I’ve worked this out..."
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A lengthy preamble that leads to gold: seven valuable storytelling tips. Worth the read.
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The winner for the best Pulitzer Prize lead is….

 

"My favorite metaphor for a good lead comes from John McPhee.  The lead is a “flashlight” that shines down into the well of the story.  You don’t have to see all the way to the bottom, but you do have to see into the darkness.

So let’s begin..."

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Writers' Craft hints for writing a lead that will hold your reader beyond the first paragraph.

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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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Dialogue Writing Tips from Bartleby Snopes - Aerogramme Writers' Studio

Dialogue Writing Tips from Bartleby Snopes - Aerogramme Writers' Studio | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
Bartleby Snopes was named as one of Flavorwire's Top Ten Online Literary Magazines. Here the editors share their top dialogue writing tips.
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Stephen King's "Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes"

"I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn."...

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Brevity is the key here. Nice resource for high school students who want to skip the instruction and go straight to writing.

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Paris Review - The Art of Nonfiction No. 6, Geoff Dyer

Paris Review - The Art of Nonfiction No. 6, Geoff Dyer | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"Fiction, nonfiction—the two are bleeding into each other all the time."

 

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Creative Nonfiction books that appeal to me most have a narrative voice that is as engaging as a good novel.

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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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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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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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