Hey writers --
In preparation for the first Creative Nonfiction meet-up on Monday 11/26 -- still plenty of time to sign up -- below are some ideas for the group. Take a gander at these and do offer up your own:
1. Read-alouds of our works-in-progress for constructive criticism and comment -- starting at the first meet-up, so feel free to bring something.
2. Read-alouds of excerpts of pubished CNF writers we like.
3. Sharing of ideas and experiences in trying to get published -- agents, publishers, self-publishing, etc.
4. Use of DWG discussion boards for posting book reviews.
5. Reading of a selected CNF book each month for discussion (like a book reading group, but for writers).
6. General commiseration as struggling writers. :-)
And by the by, what do we mean by creative nonfiction? Also known as narrative nonfiction or literary nonfiction, allow me to quote a slightly abbreviated definition by Lee Gutkind, founder of the journal Creative Nonfiction (www.creativenonfiction.org):
"True stories well told. That, in essence, is what creative nonﬁction is all about. In some ways, creative nonﬁction is like jazz—it’s a rich mix of ﬂavors, ideas, and techniques, some of which are newly invented and others as old as writing itself. Creative nonﬁction can be an essay, a journal article, a research paper, a memoir, or a poem; it can be personal or not, or it can be all of these.
The word “creative” refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques ﬁction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonﬁction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner. The goal is to make nonﬁction stories read like ﬁction so that your readers are as enthralled by fact as they are by fantasy."
I look forward to meeting everyone on the 26th. And if you can't make it but want to stay in the CNF loop just let me know.