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Essay Contest: Childhood

We’re looking for well-crafted true stories that examine kid-dom in all its messy, exhilarating, turbulent glory. more

Putting the "Creative" in Nonfiction

An update
William Bradley responds to Dinty W. Moore's recent essay about the origins of the term "creative nonfiction."

Age, Formative

Found texts.
"When I was nine years old I began taking piano lessons. When I was nine years old I got my own library card. When I was nine years old I was diagnosed with lupus. When I was nine years old ..."

Translations of Time

An Interview with Jennifer Nagle Myers
"What we say and do matters. We have to think like activists. It is not enough to just make art. We are needed on all fronts and in many ways, and to stay silent in times like these is unacceptable for me."

$1,000 "Waiting" Essay Prize Awarded

Joe Fassler is the winner of the $1,000 first-place prize for his essay, "Wait Times." more

The Lengthening of Time

A conversation with Joe Fassler
The winner of Creative Nonfiction's 'Waiting' contest talks about his prize-winning essay, "Wait Times."

The Same Story

Winner: Best Essay Prize, "Mistakes"
Two young women pregnant at the same time by the same man.

Came Down a Person

Excerpt from Same Time Next Week
Plagued by shame & convinced she shouldn’t be alive, a young mother finds herself pressing a broken cereal bowl into her arm while her children play in the other room. Can an art therapist’s unconventional techniques bring this woman back from the brink?

Sleepless in Any City

Insomnia in Lorca's Madrid
I am prey to the nocturnal creaks in my mind and weak to the city creatures that stir at night. I am lonely but not alone. No one is asleep in this city. No one. No one.

A Genre by Any Other Name?

The Story Behind "Creative Nonfiction"
For as long as the term creative nonfiction has existed, people have questioned how well the expression captures what writers actually do in the genre, and more than a few have wondered why in heaven’s name we started using the term in the first place.

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