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