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Filling Station soliciting submissions for a special issue on Northern B.C. Writing

Filling Station soliciting  submissions for a special issue on Northern B.C. Writing | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
filling Station is soliciting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art for a special issue on Northern B.C. Writing to be guest-edited by Jason Wiens. The magazine also encourages reviews of recent ...
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Pitching Book Ideas at Book Expo America (Part 2) | Write Nonfiction ...

Pitching Book Ideas at Book Expo America (Part 2) | Write Nonfiction ... | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
Book Expo America offers a great opportunity for aspiring authors to pitch book ideas to publishing house reps. Here are one writer's BEA experiences and tips.
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Five books of essays that grab attention - Kansas City Star

Five books of essays that grab attention - Kansas City Star | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
Five books of essays that grab attentionKansas City StarBy DAVID L. ULIN Are we experiencing an essay renaissance? Below are five new titles that suggest the breadth and creativity that writers are bringing to the form.
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The Malahat Review | Poetry, Fiction, & Creative Nonfiction

The Malahat Review | Poetry, Fiction, & Creative Nonfiction | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
The Malahat Review, established in 1967, is among Canada’s leading literary journals.
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So, David Foster Wallace lied on This American...

So, David Foster Wallace lied on This American... | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it

 Is acceptance of fabrication dependent on who is telling the story?

"Which brings me to the varying standards of storytelling... I believe that DFW definitely fabricated these parts. The question is: does it matter? Personally, I’m thinking the question isn’t so much does ‘it’ matter, but ‘who.’"

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Just the Facts, Please

Just the Facts, Please | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it

"Schools should look beyond Shakespeare and short stories...It's time to put beautifully-written nonfiction books into our English classrooms."

 


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Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Now comes John Steinbeck — Pulitzer Prize winner, Nobel laureate, love guru — with six tips on writing, culled from his altogether excellent interview it the Fall 1975 issue of The Paris Review.

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Narrative journalism around the world: Argentina, Romania, Belgium ...

Narrative journalism around the world: Argentina, Romania, Belgium ... | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
America tends to get credit for adding narrative journalism to the literary canon. And there's no doubt that the combination of timely reporting and timeless writing took on new and exciting forms in the U.S.
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Travel Writing and “The Truth” - USA TODAY (blog)

Travel Writing and “The Truth”USA TODAY (blog)Las Vegas, as a city, has long been a reliable creative irritant to the sensibilities of travel writers who work in a genre called “literary”, “narrative”, “nonfiction-creative”.
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Phillip Lopate on literary nonfiction

Phillip Lopate on literary nonfiction | Literary Nonfiction | 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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100 best nonfiction books? | NARRATIVE

100 best nonfiction books? | NARRATIVE | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
Seeing Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff in 52nd place confirmed my recent hunch that it would be a great book to teach—it's a monument to immersion reporting and to narrative nonfiction storytelling.
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Born to Blog by Beth Kaplan: For writers: Non-fiction competitions etc.

LAKE invites submissions of creative non-fiction on the topic of “Places That Shape Us.” Creative non-fiction forms include personal essay, lyric essay, narrative essay, and memoir. Website: www.lakejournal.ca ...
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Australian Women Writers: Creative nonfiction - Ashley Hay's Gum ...

Australian Women Writers: Creative nonfiction - Ashley Hay's Gum ... | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
Creative nonfiction - Ashley Hay's Gum: The Story of Eucalypts & their Champions. One of the few male participants in the AWW challenge, Mark Web, yesterday posted an interesting blog about his participation in the ...
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Allyson Latta | 5 Tips on Writing Creative Nonfiction from Adair Lara

Allyson Latta | 5 Tips on Writing Creative Nonfiction from Adair Lara | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
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Essays, Word Clouds and Loaded Words

Essays, Word Clouds and Loaded Words | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
They were intrigued by the visual rendering of their essays, and I pointed out to them the question: if someone looked at your word cloud, would a viewer know the argumentative stance that you took in your essay based on ...
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the art in the heart: Embellishing Nonfiction with Technique

the art in the heart: Embellishing Nonfiction with Technique | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Embellishing Nonfiction with Technique. In recent posts I've attempted to figure out why some writers have a hard time sticking to the truth in narrative nonfiction writing--travel, food, and memoir essays in this case.

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From Mark Twain to Ray Bradbury, Iconic Writers on Truth vs. Fiction

From Mark Twain to Ray Bradbury, Iconic Writers on Truth vs. Fiction | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” ~ Mark Twain in Following the Equator

 

To untangle that knotty relationship, here are a handful of iconic authors’ thoughts on truth, art, and fiction — culled from their finest nonfiction.

 


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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 | Literary Nonfiction | 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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Leslie Whidden's curator insight, November 24, 2013 3:24 PM

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

 

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The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft | Career In Journalism

The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft | Career In Journalism | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Forty years after Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, and Gay Talese launched the New Journalism movement, Robert S. Boynton sits down with nineteen practitioners of what he calls the New New Journalism to discuss their methods, writings and careers.

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When journalists become authors: a few cautionary tips – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

When journalists become authors: a few cautionary tips – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it

"In this post I’ll identify some problems that I see often in manuscripts or outlines of book-length nonfiction." ~ Peter Ginna

#1 Weak Structure #3 Thin Sourcing  #6 Why Should We Care?


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Damned in the digital world | Carried Away in Words

Damned in the digital world | Carried Away in Words | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Narrative nonfiction is unlike most journalism in that it borrows many of its techniques from fiction.  Depicting scenes, developing sources into rounded characters and delivering dialogue all mean that it shows as much as it tells.

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True Lies: The Blurry Boundary Between Fiction and Nonfiction ...

True Lies: The Blurry Boundary Between Fiction and Nonfiction ... | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
There are many other techniques invaluable to the success of a nonfiction work, including but not limited to character, conflict, narrative arc, foreshadowing, symbol/metaphor and theme. On February 21 at 6:30 p.m., WriteByNight instructor ...
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Narrative nonfiction - Writers and Editors - Pat McNees

Resource page for Narrative nonfiction :

What it is. Books on the craft. Booklists. Resources. Journals. Examples.


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English 2308: Introduction to Nonfiction: What is Creative Nonfiction?

English 2308: Introduction to Nonfiction: What is Creative Nonfiction? | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it

The following are excerpts from the creative nonfiction writers whose essays make up In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction.

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Andreas Schroeder: The godfather of B.C.’s non-fiction boom

Andreas Schroeder: The godfather of B.C.’s non-fiction boom | Literary Nonfiction | Scoop.it
West coast writers are dominating this year’s prize lists and many have UBC’s exacting Andreas Schroeder to thank...

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