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ERIC Number: EJ863945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Imagining a Place for Creative Nonfiction
Hesse, Douglas
English Journal, v99 n2 p18-24 Nov 2009
Writing creative nonfiction means perceiving what details are worth telling, why they might matter, and how they might connect. Although no one much likes the term "creative nonfiction" (some are bothered by defining something by what it's not, others by a conviction that the idea is oxymoronic), it has emerged as the name of choice. In the past couple decades, dozens of college creative writing programs have added nonfiction tracks to fiction and poetry, so that at both undergraduate and graduate levels, nonfiction constitutes an academic growth area. "Creative nonfiction" (CNF) is an umbrella term for a host of loosely related genres, such as memoirs, essays, literary journalism and place writing. But why should English teachers bother? In this article, the author explains why English teachers should teach creative nonfiction and offers tips on how to read CNF. A few reading strategies that are particularly useful for creative nonfiction are presented. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A