"[Creative Nonfiction] rewards the reader by delivering on its promise: 'True stories, well told.'" –New Pages

Summer 2016

Issue #60, Childhood

This summer, we're taking a look through the rear-view mirror at childhood—and, in the process, examining how it shapes us into our adult selves. The writers featured in Creative Nonfiction #60 recount formative childhood experiences that leave indelible memories: stomping through a snowstorm to Sunday mass; discovering a dead body in the woods; touring beautiful homes they’ll never live in; or trying, desperately, to dance their way to junior high popularity. Here we have kid-dom in all its messy glory: the good, the bad, and the biting truth.

Plus, fifteen contemporary nonfiction authors discuss the books that made them writers; how to write about your kids without messing them up (too much); the link between addiction memoirs and coming-of-age stories; Tiny Truths; and more.

Read Now

What's the Story #60 Lee Gutkind

The good, the bad, and the biting truth: the writing in this issue is what creative nonfiction is all about. read more

Before We’re Writers, We’re Readers Randon Billings Noble

Fifteen contemporary writers of creative nonfiction discuss the nonfiction books they remember best from childhood and which influenced them as writers. read more

Online Reading

Finding Truth in Technology

Sejal H. Patel

"What will 'true' mean when we have so many technological tools to aid us in recreating settings and scenes?" more

A Genre by Any Other Name?

Dinty W. Moore

The story behind the term "creative nonfiction." more


True Stories, Well Told

Edited by Lee Gutkind & Hattie Fletcher

Twenty of the most vital and vibrant stories from Creative Nonfiction magazine's first 20 years of literary publishing. more


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