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Fall 2015

Issue #57, Making a Living

Our fall issue, Creative Nonfiction #57, explores making a living—that means jobs, yes, but more than that: how do we work meaning out of our days, and what do we do to survive? For the young office temp, the state executioner, the musician, the activist, the refugee worker, the rape crisis counselor, and the estate planning attorney whose stories are featured in this issue, it's not just about the money.

Plus, writing (and editing) for free; revisiting Studs Terkel's Working; the history of erotic memoir; tiny truths; and more.

Read Now

A Genre by Any Other Name? Dinty W. Moore

The story behind the term "creative nonfiction." read more

Putting the "Creative" in Nonfiction William Bradley

A response to Dinty W. Moore's "A Genre by Any Other Name" read more

Online Reading

The Perils of Perfect Memory

Daphne Strassmann

Does digital omnipresence shorten and stunt the distance to remembering? The new past, according to social media. more

Interview: Elizabeth Amber Rudnick

CNF Staff

"There’s a huge gap between the experiences we feel compelled to record and the experiences that stay with us regardless of documentation." more


Same Time Next Week

Edited by Lee Gutkind

18 frank and often intimate true stories of working through mental illness. more


Online Classes

FALL COURSES START SEPTEMBER 14 and include classes on Writing the Nonfiction Book Proposal, The Thirty-Minute Memoir, Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp, and more.  more




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