Thursday, September 7, 2017

Creative Nonfiction Part One: The Myth, The Legend...The Genre

Writers of Kern strives for one thing above all else, helping writers—no matter their skill level—achieve their literary goals. In that vein, we’ve selected Creative Nonfiction as the official genre of the 2017 Fall Writing Contest.

Creative Nonfiction is the sugar in our diet, springing up in our newsfeed, movies and coffee tables. It touches everything. We don’t realize how much we’re consuming. Even after a professional highlights our addiction, we toss caution to the wind, devouring more.

Quite simply Creative Nonfiction are true stories well told. It can be an essay, journal article, research paper, memoir, poem or dare I say, tweet? We crave humanity, the villain and the champion. We want truth—but we want it with a pretty bow. Preferably gray instead of black and white.

Creative doesn’t mean fiction, it means literary. Think Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken or Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle. Both true stories. Both filled to the brim with facts. And both brought us to tears.

The goal is to make nonfiction stories read like fiction so that your readers are as enthralled by facts as they are by fantasy.

Join me for Creative Nonfiction Part Two, Memoir vs Literary Journalism

1 comment:

Annis Cassells said...

Great job of getting us in tune with what Creative Nonfiction is. Thanks, Clarissa! xoA