Category Archives: creative nonfiction

Book Review: The Story Cure by Dinty Moore

If you’ve written a novel or memoir but haven’t been able to get it quite right – something isn’t working and you’re not sure what – reach for The Story Cure (Ten Speed Press, 2017). In this uplifting and highly readable book, Dinty Moore, a.k.a. “the book doctor,” delivers on his promise to diagnose common problems […]
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The Ethics of Truth-Telling

Writers of creative nonfiction have widely different views on how much they can make up and still call their work “nonfiction.” Investigative journalists, for instance, believe that it’s fine to use the techniques of fiction — characterization, dialogue, sensory description, and such — as long as they stay true to the facts. But for writers […]
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An “Exemplary” Author-Editor Relationship

Good Prose is not at all like other style books. It reads like a story. It has all the ingredients of good nonfiction – point of view, voice, characters, dialogue, setting, metaphor, irony, and hum our. The story is about the relationship between Tracy Kidder, a writer of nonfiction books and feature articles, and his editor […]
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Truth and Trust: Editing Memoir

“In memoir, the author stands behind her story saying to the world: this happened; this is true. What is important about this assertion is that it has an effect on the reader.” —Judith Barrington, Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art Judith Barrington’s Writing the Memoir has sold over 100,000 copies; it’s the number one […]
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