The Truth of the Matter Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-03-03
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This introduction to creative nonfiction illustrates the influence of individual voice and narrative strategies on nonfiction prose. Essays from contemporary nonfiction writers such as Henry Louis Gates, Norma Elia Cantuacute;, Pico Iyer, Joan Didion, and others are integrated directly into the text to illustrate concepts. Individual chapters are devoted to detail and description, characterization and scene, distinctive voice, intimate point-of-view, and the various ways in which writers discover the significance or universality of their work. For writers wanting to explore creative nonfiction.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
About the Authorp. xv
About Creative Nonfiction
True Stories, Innovative Formsp. 3
Basic Forms of Creative Nonfictionp. 4
The Art of Narrativep. 4
The Narrative Craftp. 5
The Truth of the Matterp. 6
Curiosity and Passion: The Indispensable Toolsp. 6
What Makes Nonfiction Creative?p. 8
A Way of Seeingp. 9
More than "Just the Facts"p. 11
Creative Nonfiction versus Standard Journalism: An Illustrationp. 12
Honesty, Memory, and the Stranger in the Roomp. 14
Writing Prompts: What Is Creative Nonfiction?p. 17
Building Blocks of Creative Nonfiction
Building Blocks of Creative Nonfiction: Detail and Descriptionp. 21
Detail and Descriptionp. 22
Specific and Particularp. 24
"Injection,"p. 24
Revising for Detail and Descriptionp. 26
Writing Prompts: Detail and Descriptionp. 28
Building Blocks of Creative Nonfiction: Characterization and Scenep. 29
Characterization through Dialoguep. 29
"A Dramatic Dogalog,"p. 32
Characterization through Actionp. 34
"Drink It,"p. 35
Scene: Letting the Facts Speak for Themselvesp. 38
Revising for Scenep. 39
Writing Prompts: Characterization through Dialoguep. 40
Writing Prompts: Characterization through Actionp. 41
Building Blocks of Creative Nonfiction: Distinctive Voice and Intimate Point of Viewp. 42
Distinctive Voicep. 43
"Pop Art,"p. 43
Intimate Point of Viewp. 46
"Sunday,"p. 49
Revising for Voice and Point of Viewp. 51
Writing Prompts: Distinctive Voice and Intimate Point of Viewp. 52
Building Blocks of Creative Nonfiction: Discoveryp. 54
What You "Make of It"p. 55
"Solstice,"p. 55
"Tino & Papi,"p. 58
Discovery and Detailsp. 60
Revising for Discoveryp. 60
Writing Prompts: Discoveryp. 62
From Building Blocks to Complete Essay
The Memoir Essayp. 65
Examining the Memoir Essayp. 66
"Genesis,"p. 66
"Thumb-Sucking Girl,"p. 68
Writing Your Own Memoir Essayp. 69
But "Who Cares?"p. 70
Writing Prompts: Memoirp. 72
The Literary Journalism Essayp. 74
Examining the Literary Journalism Essayp. 76
"Hope,"p. 76
From "Where Worlds Collide,"p. 78
Writing Your Own Literary Journalism Essayp. 80
Writing Prompts: Literary Journalismp. 82
The Personal Essayp. 84
Examining the Personal Essayp. 85
"The Meadow"p. 85
"In Bed"p. 86
Writing Your Own Personal Essayp. 90
Writing Prompts: Personal Essayp. 91
Revision and Narrative Structurep. 93
On Serious Revisionp. 94
Revision and Narrative Structurep. 94
Braidingp. 95
Collagep. 96
Framep. 97
Other Strategiesp. 97
Writing Prompts: Narrative Structurep. 99
The Anthology
The Brief Essayp. 103
"Alive"p. 103
"You'll Love the Way We Fly"p. 105
"Dumber Than"p. 107
"The Stories Tell the Land"p. 109
The Conventional Length Essayp. 111
"Notes of a Native Son"p. 111
"Out There"p. 127
"Silent Dancing"p. 132
"Living Like Weasels"p. 140
"Somehow Form a Family"p. 143
"What They Don't Tell You About Hurricanes"p. 151
"Mirrorings"p. 157
"Difficult Decisions"p. 167
"Reading History to My Mother"p. 174
"The Courage of Turtles"p. 184
"Where Worlds Collide"p. 189
"Biography of a Dress"p. 200
"Brothers"p. 207
"The Search for Marvin Gardens"p. 211
"Three Pokes of a Thistle"p. 220
"Buckeye"p. 224
"The Drama Bug"p. 229
"The Knife"p. 236
"42 Tattoos"p. 243
"Mother Tongue"p. 252
"The Clan of One-Breasted Women"p. 257
Essays on the Craft of Creative Nonfictionp. 263
"Seeing"p. 263
"Making the Truth Believable"p. 276
"Toward a Definition of Creative Nonfiction"p. 279
"Memoir? Fiction? Where's the Line?"p. 286
Notes on the Authorsp. 293
Creditsp. 297
Indexp. 301
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