New Journalism and Creative Non-Fiction

Topics: Literature, Journalism, Creative nonfiction Pages: 2 (596 words) Published: September 30, 2013
GENRE: New Journalism & Creative non-fiction

Definitions from The Free Dictionary:
New Journalism
“Journalism that is characterized by the reporter's subjective interpretations and often features fictional dramatized elements to emphasize personal involvement.” “A style of journalism originating in the US in the 1960s, which uses techniques borrowed from fiction to portray a situation or event as vividly as possible.” Creative non-fiction

For a text to be considered creative nonfiction, it must be factually accurate, and written with attention to literary style and technique. The primary goal of the creative nonfiction writer is to communicate information, just like a reporter, but to shape it in a way that reads like fiction. Forms within this genre include personal essays, memoir, travel writing, food writing, biography, literary journalism, and other hybridized essays.

Introduction from the journal Creative Nonfiction:
“Creative nonfiction” precisely describes what the form is all about. The word “creative” refers simply to the use of literary craft in presenting nonfiction—that is, factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid manner. To put it another way, creative nonfiction writers do not make things up; they make ideas and information that already exist more interesting and, often, more accessible. The genre itself, the practice of writing nonfiction in a dramatic and imaginative way, has been an element of the literary world for many years. George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London, James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son, Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon, and Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff are classic creative nonfiction efforts—books that communicate information (reportage) in a scenic, dramatic fashion. These four books represent the full spectrum of creative nonfiction: Baldwin’s work is memoir and therefore more personal or inward, dealing with the dynamics of his relationship with his...
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