YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP
The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction—from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between.
A how-to guide from the “Godfather behind creative nonfiction” (Vanity Fair) and founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction.
What is creative nonfiction? It’s simple: true stories, well told. And yet—it’s not so simple. Telling true stories, well, can be hard work, but worthwhile. It’s the hottest genre in the publishing industry.
Now, Lee Gutkind offers his unvarnished wisdom to help you write the best creative nonfiction possible, from rags-to-riches-to-rags tell-all memoir to literary journalism and everything in between.
Frank, to-the-point, and always entertaining, Gutkind describes and illustrates each and every aspect of the genre with depth and clarity. Invaluable tools and exercises illuminate key steps from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product. Offering new ways of understanding the genre, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up helps all writers of all skill levels thoroughly expand and stylize their work. Read More
“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
A father and son travel across North America in a pickup truck—talking, laughing, fighting, and bonding. (Memoir)Read More →
Books Edited by Lee Gutkind
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RESEARCHING AND WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTIONRead More →
CREATIVE NONFICTION COLLECTS NEW ESSAYS BY ITALIAN AMERICAN WRITERSRead More →