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Can Nonfiction Be Literary?


Do you like to read fiction?

Literary Non-fiction

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How about nonfiction?

Do you like compelling, vivid, and dramatic writing?

What’s your definition of Literary?

Why all these questions?

Well, I have some great writing to share and it’s all about “true stories well told”.

That quote is one man’s definition of Literary or Creative Nonfiction.

That man is Lee Gutkind, sometimes called the “Godfather behind creative nonfiction”.

That last link is to Gutkind’s book about Writing literary nonfiction but this post is about sources of creative nonfiction you can Read

Let’s start with 1966—“a literary magazine that celebrates research-driven creative nonfiction — prose that turns information into story and facts into art.”

Then there’s Hippocampus Magazine—“an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction.”

And, here’s Ecotone—“a semiannual journal that seeks to reimagine place. Each issue brings together the literary and the scientific, the personal and the biological, the urban and the rural.”

Next is Brick—“where the world’s best-loved writers have wide, lively, personal discussions about art, culture, and the written word.”

How about some Brevity—“well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form, along with craft essays and book reviews.”

And, certainly not last, is Creative Nonfiction—“the first andthe largest literary magazine to publish, exclusively and on a regular basis, high quality nonfiction prose.”

I just have to list the Editorial Advisory Board for Creative Nonfiction:

Diane Ackerman, Buzz Bissinger, Edwidge Danticat, Annie Dillard, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, Tracy Kidder, Rick Moody, Susan Orlean, Francine Prose, Ruth Reichl, Richard Rodriguez, Rebecca Skloot, and Gay Talese.

Recognize any of those writers?

And, to round out your reading pleasure, try Goodreads’ List of Popular Literary Nonfiction Books.

ALERT: Today is the first day of National Poetry Writing Month :-)

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