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The Line Between Fact and Fiction – Journalism at Harvard

The Line Between Fact and Fiction – Journalism at Harvard | 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. In spite of occasional journalism scandals that hit the national landscape like plane crashes, our standards are higher than ever." Roy Peter Clark Ph.D  http://bit.ly/GWCYRy

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“The Periodic Table of Storytelling” Reveals the Elements of Telling a Good Story

“The Periodic Table of Storytelling” Reveals the Elements of Telling a Good Story | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
Dmitri Mendeleev might have designed the original periodic table – a graphic representation of all the basic building blocks of the universe – but artist James Harris has done something way cool with that template -- the Periodic Table of Storytelling.

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Must be online to retain interactivity, for links to explanations. The first time I saw it was as a printed poster -  couldn't figure out how it worked. Duh.

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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 ... the logline  (a one- or two-sentence grabber that tells us everything) can help focus the reporting and writing for both shortform and longform narratives... creating — and, crucially, hewing to — 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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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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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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Elmore Leonard's ten rules of writing

Elmore Leonard's ten rules of writing | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

5. Keep your exclamation points under control.
You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.

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Have your smile at ready when you recognize your writing errors in these 10 short writing tips.

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Top 10 Top 10 Lists — storytelling edition

Top 10 Top 10 Lists — storytelling edition | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
Because why not a list of lists? Ten* worth the storyteller's time: 1) “130 years of must-read stories for digital journalists: five lessons from 1851-1981
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Included: 3 how-to pieces on narrative journalism,  top 10 Google returns for 'best writing advice".

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Writers' craft storytelling resources.

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CNFC - Creative nonfiction Writing – Fact-based narratives

The emphasis in creative nonfiction is on the use of inventive and dramatic techniques to support fact-based narrative such as memoirs, history, literary
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP by Lee Gutkind

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP by Lee Gutkind | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

The first section of his two-part writing guide defines and then describes the conception of authoring creative nonfiction. The second section serves as a motivational guide for writers.

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Twitter invites writers to think beyond 140 characters

Twitter invites writers to think beyond 140 characters | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

Twitter invites writers to think beyond 140 characters - “We encourage writers to use Twitter in a variety of ways — everything from connecting with their readers to experiments with new forms of narrative." Marketplace.org

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Telling True Stories: What's an essay, what's an article? | NARRATIVE

Telling True Stories: What's an essay, what's an article? | NARRATIVE | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

There are, Tom Wolfe repeats in the book, “exactly four” techniques the successful narrative journalist needs to employ:

Scenes: Present the narrative in a series of scenes,

Dialogue: the easiest prose to read and the quickest to reveal character, 

Details: The careful use of details that reveal one’s rank or aspirations,

POV: Point of view that puts the reader inside the mind of someone other than the writer.

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Resource:  contributors include Katherine Boo, Ted Conover, dozens of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists.

 

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Essays on Craft - Natural Narratives

Essays on Craft - Natural Narratives | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

Essays on Craft contributed by veteran journalists to help aspiring storytellers learn the fundamentals of narrative writing: from Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

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Writers' Craft students take note: N.S. is possibly the only place you'll need to go to become a better writer. (OK, let's not forget the unparalleled Roy Peter Clark at Poynter.)

 

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Annotation Tuesday! Roger Angell and the pitcher with a major-league case of the yips

Annotation Tuesday! Roger Angell and the pitcher with a major-league case of the yips | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"What’s the best writing advice anyone ever gave you?

One thing I’ve tried to pick up from (John) McPhee is, “As a reporter, try to be stupid.” Be a stupid interviewer. Don’t be conversational, don’t understand too quickly. You say, What? And then the person you’re talking to wants to help you out."

Roger Angell has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1944 and became fiction editor in 1956.

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

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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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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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AWP 2014: Writing Feminism in Creative Nonfiction

AWP 2014: Writing Feminism in Creative Nonfiction | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

A lot of folks are talking about feminism right now, especially in writing and publishing. And a lot of folks are talking about creative nonfiction, the wayward fourth genre that's finally asserting itself in classrooms and literary journals....

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Inside the Writing Process With Don Murray | Poynter.

Inside the Writing Process With Don Murray | Poynter. | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

" effective writing is not a matter of genetics or mystery, but of craft. I believe we should share how we write and learn from each other, adapting techniques to our needs. Difference is what I want when I read — and when I write. . "

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Don Murray is often quoted by Roy Peter Clark in Clark's books about the craft of writing.

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How Boston Globe columnist Don Murray approaches writing.

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Why Creative Nonfiction?

There are still teachers who don't get CNF.

 

Creative Nonfiction is unique. It's an instructional tool whose purpose it is to lure (yes, lure) reluctant readers into reading in-depth, sustained narratives about issues, people, and events. It engages non-readers with true stories about topics that have importance globally, culturally, or historically. CNF delivers FACT, in a narrative format, to students who refuse to read fiction because 'it's not real' (their words, not mine). CNF delivers the world to students who no longer read the newspaper.

 

As Roy Peter Clark says, "Stories render experience. When we embed elements of narrative into our reports, we don’t just point readers to a place, we use language to put them there, to allow them to inhabit it."

http://www.niemanstoryboard.org/author/roy-peter-clark/

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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

"The word “creative” refers to the use of literary craft to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid dramatic manner. The goal is to make nonfiction stories read like fiction  "

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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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Happily ever after, sometimes - Harvard Gazette

Happily ever after, sometimes - Harvard Gazette | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

“We are simply hardwired to stories,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction writer Tracy Kidder. 

Top writers participated in a panel discussion on the uses of narrative, and the deep human need for stories that amuse, surprise, instruct, and otherwise make temporary sense of a disorderly world.

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Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon

Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal, says science backs up the long-held belief that story is the most powerful means of...
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Three R's of Narrative Nonfiction

Three R's of Narrative Nonfiction | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"How to safely answer the question: How do you know that? (Draft: Three R's of Narrative Nonfiction by Lee Gutkind."

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In answer to those who ask how an author can accurately remember conversation, that is, how is it not "fictional dialogue"?

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A defense of clichés

A defense of clichés | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"Writing is a tricky business, and writers tend to be highly opinionated about what constitutes good or bad writing."

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I like Mr. Cooper's article, if only for this: "But one could also say "dig this Gladwellian sophistry" and capture an entire sensibility with great efficiency: namely, sophistry featuring great writing, sloppy research, exaggerated claims, and lots of contrarian questions."

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Tackling human rights abuses with Creative Nonfiction

Tackling human rights abuses with Creative Nonfiction | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"The Chicago office of Human Rights Watch recently started a book club to get people to engage in discussion about ... human rights abuses."

 

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander, The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu, Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar

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#1 reason to add CNF to education curriculum. 

Feb, 2014 Book Club discusses Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

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