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Narrative nonfiction--joining good research with compelling, character-driven storytelling--reads like a novel."Creative nonfiction" is misleading in that it implies the facts can be made up.In short form, it's an alternative to the traditional newspaper pyramid structure (in which, if you lopped off the bottom part of the story, the reader would still have all the key information).With narrative nonfiction you don't present the main point in the first paragraphcompelling narrative keeps the reader reading to find out what happens, and the journey to the epiphany is half the point.The Mayborn literary nonfiction conference (Grapevine, Texas) The Power of Narrative Conference has convened in several places under several names since its founding at Boston University in 1998. Attendance is limited to 75 writers; experience (in any genre) a must.See An intimate new narrative conference, Cali style (Paige Williams, Nieman Storyboard, 6-6-14) Vanity Fairs Bryan Burrough on writing narrative: people are dying to put down your article .
In Santa Rosa, in the face of powerful fires, neighbors leaned on each other to rescue animals in peril.
Forms of creative nonfiction include literary journalism, the memoir, the lyric essay, the prose poem, and the nonfiction short.
The Nieman Narrative Digest (see links below) provides links to many excellent newspaper series that take advantage of the form.
Patsy Sims The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing, ed.
Alice La Plante (how writers create -- for serious writing students and teachers) The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft by Robert Boynton Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, ed. (Read online Listen (Jay Alison, Afterword to the book).