As a vital and growing literary genre, nonfiction impacts bestseller lists, writing programs, writers' workshops, and academic conferences on creative writing, composition/rhetoric, and literature. In a lively exploration of its poetics, The Nonfictionist's Guide examines the elements of contemporary nonfiction and suggests imaginative approaches to writing it. Beginning with a new definition of nonfiction and explanation of the nonfiction motive, Robert Root guides both readers and writers through the innovative and stimulating ways we write nonfiction now.
Robert Root is a writer, editor, and teacher. A professor emeritus of English at Central Michigan University, he has spoken on creative nonfiction and the teaching of writing at national and international conferences and been a guest writer in nonfiction and creative writing programs.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1 The Nature of Nonfiction Chapter 3 2 Not the Design of the Author Chapter 4 3 The Experimental Art Chapter 5 4 The Art of Seeing Chapter 6 5 Collage, Montage, Mosaic, Vignette, Episode, Segment Chapter 7 6 This Is What the Spaces Say Chapter 8 7 Immediacy Chapter 9 8 Distance Chapter 10 9 Writing by Ear Chapter 11 10 Place Chapter 12 11 Truth Chapter 13 12 Last Words Last Chapter 14 Notes and References