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Before We’re Writers, We’re Readers

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


Writer at Work
New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox has the last word

A Story We Tell Ourselves and Others

Required Reading
Finding inspiration in marriage memoirs

Finding Truth in Technology

Five memoirists share their favorite tools for recreating scenes and setting
"What will 'true' mean when we have so many technological tools to aid us in recreating settings and scenes?"

What's the Story #58

From the Editor
There's an element of mystery to the weather; that's what keeps it interesting.

The Price of Writing

Between the Lines
Why would anyone work for free? It's complicated.

A Real-World Education

Required Reading
Revisiting Studs Terkel's WORKING.

What's the Story #57

From the Editor
"Sometimes, the most unlikely and unexpected juxtapositions of frame and focus create the most effective stories."

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.

What's the Story #56

From the Editor
There’s a lot of waiting going on at CNF, but what we wait for most of all is compelling, informative, enticing narrative essays. Being able to publish great work is what makes all the rest of the waiting worthwhile.