To Tell the Truth: Practice and Craft in Narrative Nonfiction

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 This text engages with current conversations in the popular field of creative nonfiction, which ranges across memoir and biography, the

essay, and literary journalism.  Designed to meet the growing need resulting from a burgeoning interest in narrative nonfiction, To Tell the Truth emphasizes key elements common to all three major branches of the genre.

 

It assists creative nonfiction writers in developing a writing practice modeled to their unique needs, it addresses the practical tasks of applying elements of craft in the actual process of generating, shaping, developing, and revising material, and it includes contemporary models that represent the rich range and diversity of the genre.  A key feature of the text, one seldom found in books on the subject, is the inclusion of a writers on writing section in each chapter, providing personal essays that reveal writers' internal processes--that quirky quality we call creativity--bringing in writers' revelations about uniquely individual approaches to foiling the inner critic and breaking through writer's block.

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Connie D. Griffin

 

Filled with practical techniques and concrete examples, To Tell The Truth is an invaluable guide to writing in the burgeoning genre of creative nonfiction.  Connie D. Griffin, an experienced educator, writer and journalist, sheds light on the trials and tribulations all writers face when entering into the writing process. Starting from the principles of storytelling and examining every facet of the various forms of nonfiction narrative, this book will assist you with the technical challenges of transforming life as lived into literary representation. Each chapter is reinforced with sample essays, memoirs, literary journalism, short shorts and prose poetry selected from the canon of this rapidly growing field. Honed and refined in dozens of college-level writing programs, creative writing workshops and conferences, these clear and detailed lessons will provide you with the tools that you’ll need to develop a writing practice and a distinctive writing voice that will serve you for years to come.

 

WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS EDITION

 

·         A close analysis of the various forms of creative nonfiction, including the memoir, the lyric essay, literary journalism, the nonfiction short, and the prose poem.

 

·          Techniques and lessons for developing good writing practices, writing for story and theme, the importance of scene, characterization, creating a narrative persona and generating narrative from research.

 

·          An emphasis on working in stages: prewriting prompts, developing ideas through multiple drafts and strategies for revision to deepen narrative.

 

·          Over 40 model selections of contemporary creative nonfiction, including Writers on Writing--essays focusing on writers' creative processes.

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

Connie Griffin holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa; a master's degree from Boston College; and a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She has taught and presented in a variety of writing programs, writing institutes, and conferences, including Boston College's Creative Writing Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst's Journalism Program, the National Writer's Union writers' conference--WriteAngles, Curry College's Blue Hills Writing Institute, and the Northeast Modern Language Association. She teaches courses in narrative nonfiction, literary journalism, feature and magazine writing, memoir, media studies, as well as literary and cultural studies. She has published essays, articles, reviews, features, and profiles and has presented numerous papers on memoir, autobiography, and narrative nonfiction. She served on the editorial board and as guest editor for Woman of Power magazine, staff writer for The University of Tulsa Magazine, and contributing writer for Tulsa Magazine. She served as Broadcast Relations Manager for the University of Tulsa, where she was producer and host of University FOCUS, a weekly educational television program.

 

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