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Creative Nonfiction Writers - Feb 2013 meetup report

From: Michael D.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:59 PM

A bunch of writers met the other night to talk about storytelling based on real-life characters, settings and events. Here's a recap and information about the next meetup on March 11.

1. Show-and-Tell

Dick told us about a fascinating WSJ article about In Cold Blood, questioning the accuracy of Truman Copote's classic "masterwork of murder." Holly brought her copy of Lee Gutkind's You Can't Make This Stuff Up, a highly rated guide to creative nonfiction writing, and told us how much she liked Cold Tangerines and other works by Shauna Niequist. Ron declared his favorite CNF books of all time are 1776 by David McCullough, Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (technically a novel, but so close-to-truth it's more like CNF), and Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. I shared how much I'm loving Stephen King's On Writing, and George and Jane sang the praises of fiction writers Donna Leon and Rachel Joyce, respectively.

2. Readings

Hayley read her brave and beautifully hewn essay "Disorder Unspecified," and Jane read an introduction from an as-yet untitled "survival guide for single women over 60."

In our new "Why's this so good" section, borrowed from Harvard's Nieman Storyboard, we compared our thoughts on the effectiveness (or not) of The Town Car 500 by Jennifer Gonnerman in New York Magazine, then heard what Adam Penenberg had to say.

4. Our WTSG selection for the upcoming March 11 is Resurrecting the Champ by J.R. Moehringer (who also wrote the hit memoir The Tender Bar, one of my very favorites). Be sure to read it before the meetup so we can compare notes before learning what another professional writer had to say (don't look before the meetup! the idea is to do our own thinking first). Here's the URL if that link doesn't work:

5. About the Creative Nonfiction Writers meetup

We meet the second Monday of every month from 7-9pm at ERUUF in Durham, as a sub-group of the Durham Writers Meetup Group. Writers submit manuscripts in advance, the key requirement being that you have attended at least one meetup already. We also share examples of good CNF writing and other writerly resources as part of our "show-and-tell," get together for social gatherings, and form offline workshop groups of 3-6 writers for focused critique and revsion.

For more information contact Michael Durbin at [address removed]



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