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    Issue 62 Winter 2017

    Joy

    This issue captures elusive, unexpected moments of joy. Whether trying to make the most of an audience with the Dalai Lama, worrying about an eighth-grade Dinner Dance, or straining to see the stars in the night sky, contributors find themselves transported beyond distractions, discomforts, and disasters. We also explore the joys of the writing life, from the feel of the perfect pen to the satisfactions of changing readers’ minds.

    Plus, writing through grief; tips for having more fun at the writing desk; tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #3

    "Muzzled" by Gabriela Denise Frank

    Offering vivid, immersive reports from real life, every issue of True Story is a small celebration of the larger-than-life stories and experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.


    ABOUT ISSUE #3: On her eighteenth birthday, Gabriela Denise Frank asks her father to take her shooting in the desert—a father-daughter bonding day. But are there other motives behind her request? This far-ranging discussion of guns, ballistics, mass shootings, and the psychology of abuse ends in a simple question: Will she, or won’t she?

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    Issue 60 Summer 2016

    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.

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    True Story, Issue #2

    "Trip to the Zoo" by Steven Church

    Offering vivid, immersive reports from real life, every issue of True Story is a small celebration of the larger-than-life stories and experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.


    ABOUT ISSUE #2: In September 2012, twenty-five-year-old David Villalobos abruptly dived from a monorail ride into the Siberian tiger pit at the Bronx Zoo. In True Story #2, Steven Church retraces (some of) Villalobos’s steps in an attempt to understand the impulse that drives him—and others like him—to get close to a predator.

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    Issue 59 Spring 2016

    Marriage

    Our spring issue surveys the contemporary landscape of matrimony, as writers recall walking down the aisle for the first or third or fifth time; vow never to wed again, except in the role of officiant; dissect the first year of marriage; brave city hall; and realize what it means to bind yourself, for better or for worse, to another person. There's no one way to get or to be married, and when it comes to the ties that bind, it's a new world.

    Plus, a profile of New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox; why divorce memoirs are flourishing; and a special single-author collection of Tiny Truths.

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    True Story, Issue #1

    "Fruitland" by Steven Kurutz

    True Story is a new home for longform nonfiction narratives. Published monthly by the editors of Creative Nonfiction, each pocket-size issue of True Story showcases one exceptional essay by one exceptional writer. 


    ABOUT ISSUE #1: The premiere issue of True Story tells the story of Donnie and Joe Emerson, two brothers from Fruitland, WA, an isolated community outside of Spokane, who as teenagers in the late 1970s self-recorded an album in a log-cabin studio their father built for them on the family farm. The album, Dreamin' Wild, flopped upon its release but was rediscovered in a junk shop in 2008 and reissued by Light in the Attic records to critical and cult acclaim--but not without bringing out ghosts from the past and taking an emotional toll and the brothers and their family.

Online Reading

Nature Mothers

Vivian Wagner

From Rachel Carson to Cheryl Strayed, what women writers have found in the wild 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. more

Encounters

Judith Barrington

Brianna Snow

Writing becomes a safe space for difficult memories. An interview with the winner of the $1,000 "Childhood" essay contest! more

Artwork

Rejecting Perfectionism

"Making drawings is the most erratic process." more

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