From the Magazine

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.

Something Missing, Something Hidden

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."

Writing Down the Hard Stuff

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."

Of Memoir and Memory

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?

The Perils of Perfect Memory

The New Past, According to Social Media
Does digital omnipresence shortens and stunts the distance to remembering?

The Meek Shall Inherit the Memoir

Then & Now
Think writing memoir makes you a pathological narcissist? Think again.

What's the (Personal) Story #55

From the Editor
We live in the world of online data and social media and reality TV. For better and worse, our notions of privacy are changing. And memoir has proven it’s here to stay.

Write What You Don't Know

Between the Lines
How can you write nonfiction when you don't have the facts?

The Correctors

Then & Now
To a copyeditor, mistakes are everything.

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