Creative nonfiction is a writing genre that uses literary techniques and styles to create factually true narratives. It contrasts with journalism, technical writing and academic, which are also rooted in accurate fact but are not written to amuse. Ultimately, the main aim of the creative nonfiction writers is, just like a reporter, communicate information. However, they must shape it to appear like fiction.
In creative nonfiction, creativity lies in what the writers choose to write about, how they go about doing it, the skill with which they describe people, the arrangement through which they present things, the integrity of the composition, the rhythms of the prose, and so forth. In creative writing, writers do not make something up but make the most of what they have.
Elements of creative nonfiction are the personal presence, self-motivation, and self-discovery, the flexibility of form and literary approaches. Creative nonfiction can embody both public and personal history. It utilizes experience, opinion, all kinds of research, observation, and opinion.
Under Creative Nonfiction umbrella, you will find a long list of sub-genres such as personal essay, memoir, meditations on ideas, nature writing, literary journalism, city writing, journals or letters, hybrid forms, travel writing, cultural commentary, and sometimes autobiographical fiction. Examples of creative nonfiction are “Coney,” by James Huneker and “Coney Island at Night,” by James Huneker


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