"The words 'creative' and 'nonﬁction' describe the form. 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." Lee Gutkind. What is Creative Nonfiction?
See also: literary nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, literary journalism, new journalism, nonfiction novel, biography, autobiography, diary, memoir, diary, travel writing, food writing, chronicle, personal essay, reportage literature.
Examples of creative nonfiction are everywhere, yet can be difficult to pinpoint in a database or library catalog. It can be difficult to separate examples of this genre from criticism or writing about the genre.
Search in the MERLIN catalog for books, often collections of essays. Use the following subject searches and browse the results to find example of writing, rather than books about writing:
creative nonfiction, reportage literature, nonfiction novel, travel writing, food writing, personal narratives.
Writing about creative nonfiction and criticism of specific authors or works can be found in the following databases...
Essays are often labelled by what they discuss, not the fact that they are essays. However, a few call numbers are specifically reserved for essays:
American Essays: PS420-PS429 and PS680-PS689
English Essays: PR921-PR928 and PR1361-PR1369
These can both be found in 2 EAST.