I write mostly creative non-fiction. So I was excited to learn that at the 2011 Susquehanna Valley Writers Workshop, Patti Souder would be teaching on Creative Non-Fiction. CNF is a relatively new genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. Here are some of the characteristics of CNF that Patty shared.
- CNF is a true story, well told.
- Although it expresses opinions, perspective and feelings through the author’s views of life, it must be anchored in real experience
- May require research to verify facts and give accurate pictures
- Literary Elements of Fiction Used in CNF
- Theme: A central idea is woven throughout the work and reveals a universal truth.
- Point of View: Personal presence is a hallmark of CNF and usually requires 1st person.
- Setting: Time and place influences the action, character, or theme.
- Characters: Well-chosen details bring the characters to life.
- Plot: Conflict (struggle involving the protagonist and an opposing person or force) and the order in which things move or happen, combine to create plot.
- Style: How the author says something—the choice of words and the use of language, sentence construction, and imagery—adds significance and impact to the writing.
- Creative nonfiction contrasts with other nonfiction, such as technical writing or journalism. Forms within the CNF genre include:
- personal essays
- travel writing
- food writing
- Chicken-Soup-for-the-Soul type stories
- other hybridized essays
Pam Williams at www.2encourage.blogspot.com
©2011 Pamela D. Williams