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October 15th, 2010

Glossary Project- Creative Non-Fiction

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Definition of creative non-fiction: It is a hybrid of literature and non-fiction 

practice of writing nonfiction in a dramatic and imaginative way

It is said that a way one may classify creative non-fiction  is that “, creative nonfiction writers do not make things up; they make ideas and information that already exist more interesting and, often, more accessible.” Creative non-fiction is  writing nonfiction in a more elaborate and vivid way.

Meaning, the facts are often illuminated and expanded upon to provide more liveness throughout the story.

There are controversies in regards to the genre of Creative Non-fiction.

There is wonder of how valid creative nonfiction is, both as a term and as a genre;. An example of this is with the book  by James Frey’s,  A Million Little Pieces”

James Frey is a writer whose book “ A Million Little Pieces” became critically aclaimed, and had the honor to be on Oprah’s Book Club. He then proceeded to go on the show and speak of the events that he claimed occurred in the book, the book being a memoir. After further investigation, it was shown that some of the event in fact did not occur, making the book less of a memoir and more Creative non-fiction. The book, has remained under the original genre in which it was distributed under which is memoir.

Contribution to the genre of autobiography:

“Nonfiction is no longer the bastard child, the second class citizen; literature is no longer reified, mystified, unavailable. This is the contribution that poststructuralist theory has to make to an understanding of literary nonfiction, since poststructuralist theorists are primarily concerned with how we make meaning and secure authority for claims in meaning of language.”, said author Chris Anderson.

Creative non-fiction has allowed non-fiction and autobiography to become available to the audience. It provides a sense of freedom that the writer has to tell the story in a way so the audience feels as if the story is more appealing. 

Examples of creative non-fiction are :

Nora Ephron, Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women

David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

MLA Citation

Anderson, Chris. Literary nonfiction: theory, criticism, pedagogy. . 1. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1989. . Print.

Gutkind, Lee. “Crreative Non-Fiction.” http://www.creativenonfiction.org. The Creative Non-Fiction Foundation, 2005. Web. 27 Sep 2010. <http://www.creativenonfiction.org/thejournal/whatiscnf.htm>.

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