"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 ..."
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."
A conversation with Joe Fassler
The winner of Creative Nonfiction's 'Waiting' contest talks about his prize-winning essay, "Wait Times."
Winner: Best Essay Prize, "Mistakes"
Two young women pregnant at the same time by the same man.
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.
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.
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.
An Interview with Elizabeth Amber Rudnick
"There’s a huge gap between the experiences we feel compelled to record and the experiences that stay with us regardless of documentation."
A conversation with Kelly Fig Smith
The winner of Creative Nonfiction’s $1,000 prize for best essay in The Memoir Issue talks about her prize-winning essay, "Do No Harm."
Making a Case for a New Type of Literary Criticism
How can we appreciate the possibilities of the genre fully without understanding how the mind works?