Creative Nonfiction Creative Writing
Essays <ul><li>Based in fact </li></ul><ul><li>Reader expects it to be truthful </li></ul><ul><li>Comes from the French fo...
What is creative nonfiction?
Creative Nonfiction <ul><li>Tells a true story </li></ul><ul><li>Is an essay enlivened and made more meaningful using </li...
Creative Nonfiction <ul><li>Is an essay that includes the personal, but wants to say something bigger, something that allo...
Brainstorming <ul><li>Begin with the most conventional way of titling a piece. </li></ul><ul><li>On __________.  </li></ul...
Brainstorming Cont’d <ul><li>Make a list of six subjects you do  not  want to write about, and wouldn’t show anybody if yo...
Brainstorming Cont’d <ul><li>Make a list of six titles in which “On” makes the title a pun:  On Speed ,  On the Net ,  On ...
Brainstorming Cont’d <ul><li>Make a list of six titles dealing with subjects about which you know “nothing at all.” For me...
Next Step <ul><li>If you choose to write an essay from the first list, you are embarking on an honorable enterprise.  </li...
Next Step <ul><li>If you choose to write from list three, you’ll probably have a good time--and remember that you should d...
Next Step <ul><li>The last list offers the wildest ride and may turn up something original, comic, or unexpectedly true. R...
Types
Memoir <ul><li>A story retrieved from the writer’s memory </li></ul><ul><li>Stars the writer as protagonist </li></ul><ul>...
“Why I Ride” - Jana Richman <ul><li>See handout. </li></ul>
Personal Essay <ul><li>Origin is in something that has happened in the writer’s life, but may be more recent (i.e. this mo...
“ Everything that’s wrong with Facebook” - Phil Trinh <ul><li>See handout. </li></ul><ul><li>What event was this piece bor...
Form
Forms of Creative Nonfiction <ul><li>Does not need to follow the “standard” thesis-conclusion format of an essay </li></ul...
Techniques
Simplicity <ul><li>“ Clutter is the disease of American writing.” - William Zinsser </li></ul><ul><li>Americans have short...
Research <ul><li>Internet, books </li></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obse...
My biggest point <ul><li>You never want your reader to ask “So What?”  </li></ul><ul><li>Write creative nonfiction with a ...
Homework <ul><li>Please bring in five pictures that tell the history of your life so far. These should be defining moments...
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  1. 1. Creative Nonfiction Creative Writing
  2. 2. Essays <ul><li>Based in fact </li></ul><ul><li>Reader expects it to be truthful </li></ul><ul><li>Comes from the French for “try” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attempt to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be accurate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be interesting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Offer a perspective </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is creative nonfiction?
  4. 4. Creative Nonfiction <ul><li>Tells a true story </li></ul><ul><li>Is an essay enlivened and made more meaningful using </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Imagery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Creative Nonfiction <ul><li>Is an essay that includes the personal, but wants to say something bigger, something that allows the reader in. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Brainstorming <ul><li>Begin with the most conventional way of titling a piece. </li></ul><ul><li>On __________. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a list of at least six things that represent things you like to write about, things that interest you and that you feel confident you know something about. These may be abstractions or specifics: On Liberty or On Jen’s Saddle . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Brainstorming Cont’d <ul><li>Make a list of six subjects you do not want to write about, and wouldn’t show anybody if you did. ( On _________.) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Brainstorming Cont’d <ul><li>Make a list of six titles in which “On” makes the title a pun: On Speed , On the Net , On My Feet . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Brainstorming Cont’d <ul><li>Make a list of six titles dealing with subjects about which you know “nothing at all.” For me, such a list might include: On Brain Surgery , On Indian Food , on Hardcore Music . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Next Step <ul><li>If you choose to write an essay from the first list, you are embarking on an honorable enterprise. </li></ul><ul><li>If you choose to write an essay from the second list, you are very brave. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Next Step <ul><li>If you choose to write from list three, you’ll probably have a good time--and remember that you should deal with both aspects of the pun. On My Feet should deal with toenails, calluses, and pain, but also with poise and presence. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Next Step <ul><li>The last list offers the wildest ride and may turn up something original, comic, or unexpectedly true. Remember that your intent is not to deceive” signal or confess your ignorance when appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Any of the four lists may, like focused freewrites, unlock subject matter you didn’t know you had in you. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Types
  14. 14. Memoir <ul><li>A story retrieved from the writer’s memory </li></ul><ul><li>Stars the writer as protagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Written in first person </li></ul><ul><li>Uses “I” to remember and comment on the events </li></ul><ul><li>Places emphasis on the story </li></ul><ul><li>The “point” emerges from events + characters, rather than from narration. </li></ul><ul><li>A record of the event, not a reaction to it. </li></ul>
  15. 15. “Why I Ride” - Jana Richman <ul><li>See handout. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Personal Essay <ul><li>Origin is in something that has happened in the writer’s life, but may be more recent (i.e. this morning) </li></ul><ul><li>May be an exploration of an area of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Includes thoughts, ideas, and personal input of the writer </li></ul>
  17. 17. “ Everything that’s wrong with Facebook” - Phil Trinh <ul><li>See handout. </li></ul><ul><li>What event was this piece born out of? </li></ul><ul><li>What interest is this an exploration of? </li></ul><ul><li>How does Trinh feel about this topic? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Form
  19. 19. Forms of Creative Nonfiction <ul><li>Does not need to follow the “standard” thesis-conclusion format of an essay </li></ul><ul><li>Can borrow from any form you choose: story, monologue, lesson, list, collage, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the right shape for the idea you wish to present. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Techniques
  21. 21. Simplicity <ul><li>“ Clutter is the disease of American writing.” - William Zinsser </li></ul><ul><li>Americans have short attention spans. </li></ul><ul><li>Strip sentences to their cleanest components. </li></ul><ul><li>Clear thinking becomes clear writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask yourself: What am I trying to say? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Research <ul><li>Internet, books </li></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detective work </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. My biggest point <ul><li>You never want your reader to ask “So What?” </li></ul><ul><li>Write creative nonfiction with a purpose. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Homework <ul><li>Please bring in five pictures that tell the history of your life so far. These should be defining moments. </li></ul>
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