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Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should Enjoy

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Creative Nonfiction books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction–from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between (2012)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyFrom “the godfather behind creative nonfiction” (Vanity Fair) comes this indispensable how-to for nonfiction writers of all levels and genres, “reminiscent of Stephen King’s fiction handbook On Writing” (Kirkus). Whether you’re writing a rags-to-riches tell-all memoir or literary journalism, telling true stories well is hard work.
Author(s): Lee Gutkind

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present (2007)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyFrom memoir to journalism, personal essays to cultural criticism, this indispensable anthology brings together works from all genres of creative nonfiction, with pieces by fifty contemporary writers including Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Barbara Kingsolver, and more.Selected by five hundred writers, English professors, and creative writing teachers from across the country, this collection includes only the most…
Author(s): Lex Williford, Michael Martone

In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction (2004)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyA cross section of the famous and those bound to become so, this collection is a riveting experience highlighting the expanding importance of this dramatic and exciting new genre.Creative nonfiction, also known as narrative nonfiction, liberated journalism by inviting writers to dramatize, interpret, speculate, and even re-create their sub…
Author(s): Lee Gutkind, Annie Dillard

The Natural Speaker (7th Edition) (2011)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should Enjoyis a concise, practical, inexpensive, student-friendly guide to public speaking that explores the basic skills necessary to present a natural, effective, and rewarding speech to any audience.By providing a basic knowledge of speech construction, practice, and delivery, this book is designed to enhance and improve students' natural spe…
Author(s): Randy Fujishin

Writing First with Readings: Practice in Context (2011)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyBest-selling authors and veteran college writing instructors Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell believe that students learn to write best when they use their own writing as a starting point. In Writing First with Readings: Practice in Context, designed for the paragraph to essay course, Kirszner and Mandell take seriously the ideas and expressive abilities of developmental students, as well as their need to learn the rules of writing and grammar.
Author(s): Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell

Creative Instructional Methods for: Family & Consumer Sciences, Nutrition & Wellness Student Text (THE DEVELOPING CHILD) (2002)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyBecoming a great educator is a lifelong quest. This new professional resource is designed especially for Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition, and Wellness educators-in both formal and informal settings. Its practical approach shows how educational theory is applied in real-life settings.
Author(s): McGraw-Hill Education

Creative Nonfiction (2008)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyCREATIVE NONFICTION thoroughly explains the processes that creative writers of nonfiction use in approaching their topics so students can use the techniques in many different writing situations–from first-year composition or service-learning courses to creative writing workshops, feature writing, and memoir writing. Part I covers the essentials of style, content, and form.
Author(s): Eileen Pollack

Writing True (2013)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyThis book shows writers of all ages how to find and develop nonfiction topics that matter to them–in ways that make readers care too. It emphasizes writing for discovery, not just writing what one knows. It emphasizes a strong authorial presence (voice) and a convincing point of view.
Author(s): Sondra Perl

Breakthrough Thinking: A Guide to Creative Thinking and Idea Generation (2014)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyHarness your creative potential!Make no mistake; creative thinking is a skill. As with any skill, it can be strengthened, honed and mastered. And just like any endeavor, mastery of creativity requires thoughtful study and practice.
Author(s): Thomas Vogel

The Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of Reality (Wiley Books for Writers) (1997)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyA complete guide to the art and craft of creative nonfiction–from one of its pioneer practitionersThe challenge of creative nonfiction is to write the truth in a style that is as accurate and informative as reportage, yet as personal, provocative, and dramatic as fiction.
Author(s): Lee Gutkind

Writing Talk: Paragraphs and Short Essays with Readings (with MyWritingLab Student Access Code Card) (5th Edition) (2008)

 Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should EnjoyWinkler and McCuen-Matherall have created a writing series that takes into account many of the known difficulties that developing writing students have with English language skills and strategies.
Author(s): Anthony C Winkler, Jo Ray McCuen-Matherell

Best Creative Nonfiction Books You Should Enjoy

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some creative nonfiction books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction

Author(s): Brenda Miller, Suzanne Paola
ID: 2397285, Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Safe house: explorations in creative nonfiction

Author(s): Allfrey, Ellah Wakatama
ID: 2595555, Publisher: Dundurn, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Free fire zone: a playwright's adventures on the creative battlefields of film, TV, and theater

Author(s): Rebeck, Teresa
ID: 2753916, Publisher: Crossroad Press, Year: 2014;2013, Size: 266 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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