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David Macfarlane on putting the fun in creative nonfiction

The award-winning author, playwright, digital curator and juror for the 2014 Creative Nonfiction Prize on why having fun is the best way to write great nonfiction.

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The pleasure you take in writing a piece of creative nonfiction should not be regarded as insignificant. If you are not interested, or amused, or in some way moved by the story you are writing, you can sure those reading it will have the same reaction. Creative nonfiction is simply another way of saying: a true story told in the best possible way. And it's fun to tell a story well."

David Macfarlane is an award-winning author (The Danger Tree, Summer Gone) and playwright (Fishwrap). His most recent novel, The Figures of Beauty, is published by HarperCollins. Macfarlane’s musical portrait of the city in which lives, The Toronto Suite, was performed at the Glenn Gould Theatre. He is a frequent contributor to The Walrus and is currently engaged in The Toronto Project, the creation of a digital museum of Toronto.

Photo credit: Nigel Dickson

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