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The Nature of Creative Nonfiction

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Phillip Goodchild

on 18 December 2012

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Transcript of The Nature of Creative Nonfiction

The Nature of Creative NonFiction Creative Writing Quick Write Transition from Nonfiction to CNF CNF Qualities Shared with Fiction Fiction/Poetry Elements Used in Creative Nonfiction Useful Quote What genre is it? Essentials of Creative Nonfiction What!!! Objective One Objective Three Objective Two Objectives Students will understand what comprises nonfiction Students will be able to incorporate informational sources to enhance nonfiction writing Students will be able to write a creative nonfiction piece incorporating their new understandings Take a Handout headed 'Notes for The Nature of Creative Nonfiction'
Under the subheading QuickWrite, answer:
What does the term "creative nonfiction" mean to you?
Jot down words or phrases to describe your ideas. 1. Read the two samples of text individually
2. Discuss and decide as a group which text is fiction and which is nonfiction and label with a sticky note
3. As a group, one person lists on sticky-notes 3 reasons why you think each piece is fiction or nonfiction The essential elements of creative nonfiction are known as the five "R's":
1. Real Life: memoir, "immersion journalism"
2. Reflection: uses a theme that goes beyond the surface and connects with the humanity of the reader
3. Research: seeks information to better understand the world
4. Reading: Read and become "expert" in the field
5. (W)riting "I think there is a unique power to be found in good nonfiction: the power to illuminate facts and make learning about the world delicious. That's what draws me to it as both a reader and a writer. However, it is a challenge to write a nonfiction account in a manner that truly breathes life into the subject." Nonfiction takes data and transforms them into information

But sharing what the raw facts "say and mean" is a form of story telling Writers of creative nonfiction:
-Are attentive to the world around them
-Use their senses as they research and write
-Tell stories
-Show don't tell
-Bring humanity and warmth to their writing Character
Dialogue
First-person point of view
Figurative language: metaphor, simile, alliteration
Details to help reader picture place or event
Strong verbs
Specific nouns
Narrative thread
Leads that suggest mood or stir emotions (in your journals) -Michael O. Tunnell
From Nonfiction Writing Read individually 'The Moon Snail" by Barbara Hurd at your table.

Make notes on your copy of the elements of creative nonfiction in this piece Skim the packet of Research Materials in front of you.

As you read, jot down interesting facts, questions and responses (FQR) about butterflies on the FQR organizer

Be prepared to share with a partner when prompted to do so. 1. Think about the information you have gathered from FQR. Is there a possible theme? Is there a specific question you would like to answer? 2. Jot down 3 seed ideas for writing your own piece of creative nonfiction in your journal and share with your table. After you have chosen a possible theme for your writing, begin wrting your creative nonfiction piece. Incorporate your research, descriptive observations, and reflections. And Finally... Summary of CNF 1. Revisit your "old" definition of creative nonfiction.
2.Add to it or revise your new definition of creative nonfiction.
3. Write your new definition on a sticky note and post under the quotes
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