How Can Creative Nonfiction Be Creative?

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Today will not be known as Taco Tuesday, but CREATIVE NONFICTION FRIDAY! (On a Saturday.)

I learned about form experimentation, hermit crab essays, honest evidence and the “maybe”/”perhaps” technique, the importance of white space, association vs. chronology, and medium variety in my undergraduate and graduate classes.

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“How Can Creative Nonfiction Be Creative?”

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19 Responses

  1. Travis Zane says:

    Dope content!

  2. Brix Carlo Rapiz says:

    The first thing I loved about this video was your voice and energy throughout your presentation. Second was the segmentation of the tips and the examples you provided. Third, and I can't stress this enough, was the wonderful reception of the watchers in the comments section.
    It's wonderful to find hidden gems like these that have good tidbits of information and no hateful commenters or trolls in the comments section.
    Thanks again Miss Lindsay.

  3. kris says:

    you should replace Emma watson in beauty of the beast.

  4. Booking Up with Just Some Femme says:

    LOVED LOVED LOVED this video! You explained creative nonfiction so eloquently.

  5. LectionARIC says:

    I'm only just discovering this. So glad this series exists! I'm just starting out on Booktube and thought I might be one of the only people who wants to talk about nonfiction. Thrilled to find your stuff.

  6. Brian Driscoll says:

    Wow, this genre sounds fascinating! I don't why, I don't think I have read a creative nonfiction book yet, but I'm totally into it!

  7. frigginboom says:

    I think my favourite part about creative nonfiction is when you never know where the nonfiction ends and the creative begins. Slaughterhouse five was the best for this. I think creative nonfiction is best when the 'feeling' of the situation is accentuated by the author. So if they remembered something so well they felt like they could travel back in time, why not add time travel? 

  8. The Book Wanderer says:

    This video was so interesting, and I'm so excited about this series of yours, Lindsay! I just joined the Goodreads group this morning. My academic background is in journalism and advertising, so I think I'm inherently interested in people's stories told in a creative way. Lately, I've really into storytelling groups/podcasts like The Moth and Radiolab.

    Do you subscribe to Emily Diana Ruth here on YouTube? She does a beautiful series called Letters to July that I find to be a lovely form of visual storytelling, and her behind the scenes videos of creating her film The Water's Fine were beautiful and inspiring as well.

  9. Let's Read says:

    Wonderfully presented. Great topic as always.

  10. Peter Millane says:

    Am I actually learning something right now? I think… I think I just did! Thank you for opening my eyes to this 😀 

  11. kaysyconundrum says:

    Great introduction to the subject!! I really liked this and it made me think of the cool "memoir" type books I've read. I also LOVED the google maps story. It was so cool! That kind of thing inspires me to write in a similar form!

  12. 1book1review says:

    Oh this was so great, and right on time. I've been thinking about NaNoWriMo and what I want to write and thought about 'my memoirs' or something like it, as I've been listening to so many and enjoying them.
    I think new media and technology offer a lot of options for creative non-fiction. I admire people who can make these projects work, I usually stop right after the initial idea, I have finishing issues :/

  13. perpetualpages says:

    haha, "Good question, Mom!" Thanks for sharing some of your knowledge about creative nonfiction with Booktube! I don't think people realize how many things you can do to make nonfiction creative–it's not all just like dry textbooks, people! I didn't know about the genre-mixing parts though, that sounds like something that would be hilarious to do when writing nonfiction. Can't wait til the next video!

  14. Lindsay's Lovely Library says:

    Danielle, YouTube won't let me reply to your comment! I shall post my response below:
    If your best friend is a teapot, then you can "handle" (PUN) the situation by finding a different metaphor. 😉 But I am not a teapot, so you need not worry!

  15. TheBibliophile says:

    Great video!! I can't wait for your future videos! Seriously, this was awesome!

  16. she loves books says:

    This is so awesome! i'm excited for the next video! 🙂

  17. Isabela Moreira says:

    Wow! There's so much to that genre that I didn't even know. I'm definately going to give it a try 🙂 Ps: I love the enciclopedia idea. Great video, Lindsay!

  18. nerdgirlsforthewin says:

    It sounds like a need to read more creative non-fiction!! Like I said, I really didn't know anything about this genre so I was glued to my seat while you were talking about it! 🙂 Sounds really cool… and it sounds like a lot of artistic stuff could be incorporated into it!

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