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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
"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."
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"..two overarching standards for work that claims to be nonfiction:    Do not add.   Do not deceive." ~ Roy Peter Clark
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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 ... a treasure trove of resource material devoted to excellence in journalistic storytelling."


Tip # 14) Everything you need to know about storytelling, in 5 minutes, by Terry Tomlinson -- character, hurdle, goal, story



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150 writing tips from the best writers and editors in the field.

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

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'VICE News Tonight' - Charlie Rose

'VICE News Tonight' - Charlie Rose | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

VIDEO

Like Creative Nonfiction, VICE NEWS uses character, emotion, narrative arc to move viewers to feel something, to attach to the issue.
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Josh Tyrangiel, VP Vicenews: "people actually want to feel something while they're learning something"... "if you can show them a great character, if you can move them, that's the reward...they can remember, they can *attach to that issue.*
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KudosReading - make reading & discussing books interactive - Teachers With Apps

KudosReading - make reading & discussing books interactive - Teachers With Apps | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

" KudosReading is a way to make reading and discussing books interactive, while also giving every student a voice."


Via Cindy Rudy
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Like an online literature circle. An app I'd like to try out. 
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The Persuasive Narrator

The Persuasive Narrator | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
"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." ~ Roy Peter Clark
Leslie Whidden's insight:
Report vs Narrative:  Elements of the report (the 5 Ws) translated into the language of narrative : 'WHO' becomes character. 'WHAT' becomes action set in time. 'WHERE' becomes setting. 'WHEN' becomes chronology, or time unraveled. 'WHY' becomes motive. 'HOW' becomes narrative – how things happened.
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Aboard the Narrative Train - Human Condition

Aboard the Narrative Train - Human Condition | 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, Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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“The core idea in narrative is what it means about the human condition.”
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The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Nonfiction, by Neal Wyatt

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

This book "provides the tools and language to incorporate nonfiction into discussions that point readers to what to read next; hows and whys of offering fiction and nonfiction suggestions together; hands-on guide includes nonfiction bibliography, key authors, benchmark books with annotations, and core collections.

It is destined to become the nonfiction ‘bible’ for readers’ advisory and collection development, recommended." --Booklist

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If you buy only one CNF resource make it this one. The blank templates are great guides for RA until you become proficient with the criteria. 
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Writing Creative Nonfiction - Course Guidebook

Writing Creative Nonfiction - Course Guidebook | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

"Explore[s] the entire process of writing creative nonfiction, from brainstorming for the perfect idea to getting your final product...

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Short lessons teach the 3 keys to CNF story:
Narrative arc, character, dramatic conflct.
Nonfiction contract: the commitment to telling the TRUTH.
Excellent resource for teaching students analysis of CNF.
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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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Nonfiction not literary? Here’s a dose of truth 

Nonfiction not literary? Here’s a dose of truth  | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
“To reveal human emotion, readers still need story,” says Bill Marvel, an author and former Dallas Morning News reporter. “Facts don’t give you goosebumps.”
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Mark Twain,  Stephen Crane — achieved literary acclaim for their journalism and fiction, and most readers had a difficult time distinguishing one from the other."
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Teaching with creative nonfiction

 

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

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Learning begins by engaging students' interest with personal choice CNF book. Extend learning with individual student inquiry into CNF book topic using Academic databases and search engine skills.

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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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Starter storytelling tools for new journalists - Tech

Starter storytelling tools for new journalists - Tech | 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?

Leslie Whidden's insight:

Keep assignments interesting by getting students to try new storytelling tools, like Storify, Google News Lab, Gifs, Autotune.

They're incorporating text, tweets, photos, graphics, gifs, to make live stories.

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Framing The Story

Framing The Story | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
In this hour, TED speakers explore the art of storytelling — and how good stories have the power to transform our perceptions of the world.
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Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong' | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting pages because "there was something untrue about them." Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2015.
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INTERVIEW.  Mary Karr, author of The Liar's Club, A Memoir,
is "credited with helping turn the memoir into a popular literary form."
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Feeling the facts: making the case for the sensory connection in literary journalism

Feeling the facts: making the case for the sensory connection in literary journalism | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it
The thread running through ... was the sensory nature of this type of journalism, and how it connects readers to the subject through emotions while not forgetting the intellect.
Leslie Whidden's insight:
Students read *better* when they connect emotionally: they feel increased motivation to understand what is read, to become involved in the issue/topic, and a greater willingness to extend their learning.
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CNF: True stories, well told

CNF: True stories, well told | 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 are seeking CNF titles more vigorously than literary fiction and poetry. Recent CNF best-sellers include Unbroken,  Zeitoun, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and The Glass Castle."

Lee Gutkind

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Adult Nonfiction print book sales rose 12% during 2015-2016 - Publishers Weekly  http://bit.ly/29Iq8dL
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Why is Creative Nonfiction a big part of our HS library & curriculum?

* CNF narratives are found in all DEWEY subjects, for all interests. 

* CNF immerses students in experiences outside their own lives. 

* CNF is important for both educational purposes and for personal development: encourages engagement in cultural issues, social justice issues and significant events.

* CNF captures readers who resist fiction, who claim, in their words, that 'it's a waste of time if it's not real.'

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Wonder why teens gravitate toward adventure, suspense, crime in books? Research shows it may be a stage in brain development.
Read: THE PRIMAL TEEN: What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us About Our Kids, by B Strauch
http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-385-50339-6
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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... "We spent time on the book, but then we started talking about other things in society and government, like how we handle issues of poverty and racism," Kaplan said. 

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Extended learning : Start a CNF book club to discuss human rights issues:  Reading is important for both educational purposes and for personal development.

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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"

Leslie Whidden's insight:

Hmmm. Better buy this one, too. Understanding of how to do NF RA will be built on a combination of both the Wyatt book and this one. Readers' Advisory reference.

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Conover on Literary Reportage

Professor Conover talks about Literary Reportage at NYU Journalism
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Immersion Journalism, literary reportage. Experiential writing.
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Excellent site for CNF RESOURCES

"Whether it's called narrative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, long-form journalism, creative nonfiction, or narrative journalism — true stories, well-written and compelling." ~ Pat McNees

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Structure. Craft. Books. Anthologies. Audio. Multimedia. Storytelling.
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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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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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Hesse references Ted Conover's experiential writing in NewJack, how he puts himself into the center of the story. Hesse covers CNF's  place in curriculum.
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Stranger than fiction - Julian Loose looks at the revolutions in non-fiction writing

Stranger than fiction - Julian Loose looks at the revolutions in non-fiction writing | Creative Nonfiction: resources for teachers and students. | Scoop.it

An ever-expanding category within "creative non-fiction" is "narrative non-fiction", a genre that has galvanised one end of publishing. These are titles that pounce upon some untold incident and prise it apart, to find therein the world, or at least a rattling good yarn.

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Looks at A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers and Leadville, a biography of the A40, by Edward Platt

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