“The essential and definitive guide to creative nonfiction. It is engaging to read as it is useful. Any writer or reader will find it indispensable and, frankly, inspiring.”

— Susan Orlean , New Yorker writer and author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin

“Lee Gutkind has written the bible for creative nonfiction. Written with muscular, driving, clear prose, it’s hard to put down. Even if you never want to write, you’ll want to read this.”

— Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones

GutkindLee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the author andeditor of more than 25 books and founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish narrative nonfiction exclusively. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Gutkind has lectured to audiences around the world—from China to the Czech Republic, from Australia to Africa to Egypt. He has appeared on many national radio and televisions shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central), Good Morning America, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, as well as BBC World.

Gutkind is the recipient of grants and awards from many different organizations, from the National Endowment for the Arts to the National Science Foundation.

A prolific author, his most recent books include An Immense New Power to Heal: The Promise of Personalized Medicine and an anthology, At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die.

His new book, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, is described by Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin, as the “essential and definitive guide to creative nonfiction . . . engaging, useful, indispensable and inspiring.”

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CREATING A COVER STORY—WITH THE COVER

April 20th, 2013|0 Comments

An interesting take on literary magazine covers in a recent Grub Street column by Calvin Hennick, who lines up five literary magazines he’s purchased over the past couple of weeks and studies them.

“One has a picture of […]

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THE OXFORD CREATIVE NONFICTION CONFERENCE: APPRECIATION PAYBACK

April 12th, 2013|0 Comments

Neil White, the director and founder of the Oxford (Mississippi) Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference, was a man in trouble. Twenty years ago, he was found guilty of check kiting, and was sentenced to eighteen months in a federal penitentiary.

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Making Up the Future of Truth: From Shattered Glass to Te’Oing–A Creative Experiment

February 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Here’s the description of the workshop I am giving as part of Arizona State University’s Emerge 2013 conference.  If you live close or if you want to fly out and meet Buzz Bissinger—and […]

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Bring Back Sarah Palin

February 17th, 2013|0 Comments

Last week there was “Donut-Gate, featuring Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey.  It’s bad enough that he made fun of himself and fat people generally, and then took the heat when a former White House […]

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WHERE DOES IT MAKE YOU BLEED?

February 7th, 2013|0 Comments

When I last checked in, the tension was mounting. Students in my graduate nonfiction writing course at Arizona State University, “Write a Story, Sell a Story, Tell a Story,” were about to pitch their ideas […]

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WRITE A STORY, SELL A STORY, TELL A STORY

January 29th, 2013|0 Comments

My students will be tense this week, but ready for the pitch-slam—the highlighting event of one part of the course I am teaching at Arizona State University this spring, called WRITE A STORY, SELL A STORY, TELL A STORY.