Creating Nonfiction

Lessons from the Voice of the Genre

Lee Gutkind

Twenty years, twenty issues: we've pulled our favorite craft essays from the early issues of Creative Nonfiction and brought them back to life, digitally. Authors including Roy Peter Clark, Bret Lott, and Hilary Masters grapple with issues such as the line between fact and fiction, how to convey voice effectively, and the challenges of writing about family members. Edited by Lee Gutkind and Robyn Jodlowski, this collection offers both inspiration and instruction for students and writers new to the genre; those who are already familiar with creative nonfiction will enjoy learning more about its rich history.

This is an e-book only, available from Amazon.

Table of Contents

Introduction Lee Gutkind
Nonfiction in First Person, Without Apology Natalia Rachel Singer
A Different Kind of Two-fisted, Two-Breasted Terror Michael G. Stephens
Excavations Lisa Knopp
Son of Spoon River Hilary Masters
Out of Nothing Pam Widener
The Art of Translation Steven Harvey
Love Letters Megan Foss
How Butterflies Grew Wings Keely Bowers
The Line Between Fact and Fiction Roy Peter Clark
Against Technique Bret Lott
Dots on the Page Susan Messer


Keely Bowers

Keely Bowers has published stories in journals such as Crazyhorse and Dickinson Review, and she won The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren... read more

Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at the Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida, for more than 30 years.... read more

Megan Foss

Megan Foss earned her MA at Western Washington University. read more

Steven Harvey

Steven Harvey is the author of “Geometry of Lilies,” “Lost in Translation: Personal Essays about Love and Change” and is the editor of a... read more

Lisa Knopp

Lisa Knopp was born and raised in Burlington in southeastern Iowa, and received her education at the University of Iowa, Iowa Wesleyan... read more

Bret Lott

Bret Lott is the author of nine novels, three story collections and two books of essays: Fathers, Sons and Brothers and Before We Get... read more

Hilary Masters

Hilary Masters was born and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. His recent novel "Post" includes an account of the demise of the passenger... read more

Susan Messer

Susan Messer has fiction and nonfiction published in Glimmer Train Stories, Triquarterly, North American Review, Colorado Review, Creative... read more

Natalia Rachel Singer

Natalia Rachel Singer is the Craig Professor of English at St. Lawrence University, where she was hired in 1990 to design and teach courses... read more

Michael G. Stephens

Michael Stephens is the author of several books. His "Green Dreams: Essays Under the Influence of the Irish," published in 1994, won the... read more

Pam Widener

Pam Widener grew up in New York City and spent five years working in screenwriting in Los Angeles. “Out of Nothing” was her first major... read more