Keep It Real

Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction

Lee Gutkind (Editor, Arizona State University)


The one guide every creative nonfiction writer needs to turn to when being "creative."

Writers of memoir and narrative nonfiction are experiencing difficult days with the discovery that some well-known works in the genre contain exaggerations--or are partially fabricated. But what are the parameters of creative nonfiction? Keep It Real begins by defining creative nonfiction. Then it explores the flexibility of the form--the liberties and the boundaries that allow writers to be as truthful, factual, and artful as possible. A succinct but rich compendium of ideas, terms, and techniques, Keep It Real clarifies the ins and outs of writing creative nonfiction. Starting with acknowledgment of sources, running through fact-checking, metaphor, and navel gazing, and responsibilities to their subjects, this book provides all the information you need to write with verve while remaining true to your story.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33098-4
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 160 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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