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Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know about Researching and Writing Creative Nonfictionby Lee Gutkind
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Writers of memoir and narrative nonfiction are experiencing difficult days with the discovery that some well-known works in the genre contain exaggerations--or are partially fabricated. But what are the parameters of creative nonfiction? Keep It Real begins by defining creative nonfiction. Then it explores the flexibility of the form--the liberties and the boundaries that allow writers to be as truthful, factual, and artful as possible. A succinct but rich compendium of ideas, terms, and techniques, Keep It Real clarifies the ins and outs of writing creative nonfiction. Starting with acknowledgment of sources, running through fact-checking, metaphor, and navel gazing, and ending with writers' responsibilities to their subjects, this book provides all the information you need to write with verve while remaining true to your story.
Book News Annotation:
Gutkind and Fletcher, founder and managing editor, respectively, of Creative Nonfiction, gather published nonfiction writers to discuss the parameters of the genre. The book begins with a history of the genre, then explores the potential of the form, while examining the boundaries that help writers to be as artful and factual as possible. Brief, essay-length chapters, often humorous in style, discuss aspects such as composite characters, defamation and libel, family members as characters, montage writing, and the writer's responsibility to his or her subjects. There is no subject index. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The one guide every creative nonfiction writer needs to turn to when being "creative."
"Keep It Real" begins by defining creative nonfiction and goes on to explore the flexibility of the form--the liberties and the boundaries that allow writers to be as truthful, factual, and artful as possible.
About the Author
Lee Gutkindis the founder and editor of the literary journal Creative Nonfiction. Writer-in-residence at Arizona State University, Gutkind is also the editor of In Factand the author of Almost Human.
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