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Literary journalism

  1. 1. Literary Journalism1 12/13/2012
  2. 2. Creative non-fiction is also known asliterary journalism.2 12/13/2012
  3. 3. Its the art of telling a true story as ifit were fiction, using scenes, shiftingviewpoints, dialogue and well-renderedprose.3 12/13/2012
  4. 4. How toWriteCreativeNon-Fiction4 12/13/2012
  5. 5. Step 1Start with a well-researched truestory.5 12/13/2012
  6. 6. Step 2Create the plot. A fiction story has aspecific plot structure that holds areaders attention.6 12/13/2012
  7. 7. Your story must fit this structure7 12/13/2012
  8. 8. For instance, your lead character mustbe shown to be living a normal lifewhen something happens to pull himor her away from that life.8 12/13/2012
  9. 9. There must be an object of desire thelead character wants, and obstaclesplaced in his or her path.9 12/13/2012
  10. 10. There must be a moment when itseems all is lost, a resolution and adenouement, when things return tonormal.10 12/13/2012
  11. 11. Step 3Flesh out your characters.11 12/13/2012
  12. 12. You must show their personalities andmotivations, moments of indecisionand temptations that lead them astray.12 12/13/2012
  13. 13. Step 4Work on setting.13 12/13/2012
  14. 14. Your setting is a real place; your job isto bring the reader there.14 12/13/2012
  15. 15. Describe the season, the traffic noise,the sterility of the office or the smellsfrom the corner eatery.15 12/13/2012
  16. 16. Step 5Decide on a point of view.16 12/13/2012
  17. 17. Which character or characters will tellthe story?How much will they know?Do you need a narrator?17 12/13/2012
  18. 18. Step 6Add literary touches18 12/13/2012
  19. 19. Give some thought to things liketheme, symbolism, style and irony.19 12/13/2012
  20. 20. Step 7Review your finished story and makesure everything is true.20 12/13/2012
  21. 21. If you added a character, made updialogue or described events thatnever took place, youve moved awayfrom literary non-fiction to fictionbased on fact.21 12/13/2012
  22. 22. Personal essays and memoirsconstitute two significant strands ofcontemporary creative nonfiction.22 12/13/2012
  23. 23. Personal essays, on the whole, aremostly based on the reflective accountof a remarkable experience in the lifeof the author/narrator, along with amore opinionated stance.23 12/13/2012
  24. 24. The personal essay is more about thethought process of the author as heembarks, along with the reader to thejourney of his mental world.24 12/13/2012
  25. 25. Throughout the journey, the readerbecomes involved with the subtleshades and nuances of the author’sthought process.25 12/13/2012
  26. 26. The mark of a memorable personalessay is the amalgamation ofmemory, emotions and sensations ofthe author that make the piecealive, vivid and compelling.26 12/13/2012
  27. 27. While personal essays are almostalways exclusively based on personalexperiences, throughout the narrative,the author sincerely tries to conveywhat he feels about those experiences.27 12/13/2012
  28. 28. The Reporter’s Shopping List  Setting: where, when  Characters: who  Complication: what happens/why  Process of resolving/responding: who did what and why  Resolution: where does it stand at deadline  Closure: the final what is ‘so what’28 12/13/2012
  29. 29. Jimi Kayodeadebola adegunwa school ofcommunication,Lagos State University,Lagos.29 12/13/2012