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Denise Chong on bringing order to the chaos  »

The renowned author on the great power of creative nonfiction: to make sense of the jumble of life.

David Macfarlane on putting the fun in creative nonfiction  »

The award-winning author on why having fun is the best way to write great nonfiction.





Author Carolyn Abraham: Show, don't tell  »

The GG-nominated author on the number-one way to make your writing more authentic and provocative.

Ayelet Tsabari: Why "ordinary" stories matter  »

The author on if you need to have extraordinary life to write creative nonfiction?





Trevor Herriot on walking away from the computer  »

The author on how the first thing you should do when starting to write is walk out the door.

Author Christopher Gudgeon on the lies created by writers  »

The bestselling author of Song of Kosovo on why he believes there is no distinction between fiction and nonfiction writing.





Cathy Ostlere on finding (and feeling) the strength of your voice  »

The president of the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society on keeping your reader with you until the last page.

Curtis Gillespie on a story's most important bones  »

The writer on the importance of staying the course with your primary narrative.

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  • Denise Chong on bringing order to the chaos
  • David Macfarlane on putting the fun in creative nonfiction
  • Author Carolyn Abraham: Show, don't tell
  • Ayelet Tsabari: Why "ordinary" stories matter
  • Trevor Herriot on walking away from the computer
  • Author Christopher Gudgeon on the lies created by writers
  • Cathy Ostlere on finding (and feeling) the strength of your voice
  • Curtis Gillespie on a story's most important bones
  • Shelagh Plunkett on jumping right into the story
  • Taiaiake Alfred on writing with purpose
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