The most popular essays & articles on our site this year.
Why would anyone work for free? It's complicated.
Revisiting Studs Terkel's WORKING.
"Sometimes, the most unlikely and unexpected juxtapositions of frame and focus create the most effective stories."
"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.