- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (27 Jan. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471113565
- ISBN-13: 978-0471113560
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of Reality (Wiley Books for Writers) Paperback – 27 Jan 1997
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A complete guide to the art and craft of creative nonfiction from one of its pioneer practitioners
The challenge of creative nonfiction is to write the truth in a style that is as accurate and informative as reportage, yet as personal, provocative, and dramatic as fiction. In this one–of–a–kind guide, award–winning author, essayist, teacher, and editor Lee Gutkind gives you concise, pointed advice on every aspect of writing and selling your work, including:
- Guidelines for choosing provocative and salable topics
- Smart research techniques including advice on conducting penetrating interviews and using electronic research tools
- Tips for focusing and structuring a piece for maximum effectiveness
- Advice on working successfully with editors and literary agents
About the Author
LEE GUTKIND is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh, the first school to grant an M.F.A. degree in creative nonfiction. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, among numerous other grants and awards. Mr. Gutkind is the author of five previous books, including Many Sleepless Nights, winner of the American Heart Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scientific Journalism.
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This book doesn't stand out for me among the large number of mediocre books aimed at beginning to intermediate nonfiction writers.
Covered in the book's outline-reminiscent chapters are instructions on interviewing, fact checking, finding ideas, creating dialogue and keeping story files. Straying from the norm of "interesting... [and] accurate," Gutkind stresses that the most important requirement of a creative nonfiction writer is passion- "A passion for the written word, a passion for the search and discovery of knowledge, and a passion for... understand[ing] intimately how things in this world work." In the following chapters, he offers advice on what creative nonfiction is (the relation experiences, often subjective) and is not (encyclopedia truth) in a concise yet affable manner.
Peppered with brief works from other writers used as illustrations of his suggestions, "The Art of Creative Nonfiction" is a solid, friendly text for beginning writers and an excellent stepping stone into the world of writing for a career.