Creative nonfiction writing is described as a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. This workshop will discuss examples of creative nonfiction from several writers including the instructor, highlight the differences between creative nonfiction and other genres, such as historical fiction or news reporting, and emphasize that accomplished creative writing can apply to many genres, including this one. Developing a skill for writing about people that makes them come alive, and building a robust and believable background for the real or imagined world they inhabit, are essential to making it work in creative nonfiction as well. We’ll provide writing exercises for the participants to draw upon their own real-world experiences in an interactive workshop format.
About the Writer
His book Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home is 100% creative nonfiction, a memoir of his time working on the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. His focus in the book was to recreate for the readers what it was like to be there, and to introduce them to a number of otherwise unknown people who made these two programs successful. He drew heavily on his background and experiences in fiction writing for this book to make the stories interesting, humorous, and to have the people he talks about come alive.
Jack is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and he also writes a space and science column for Amazing Stories Magazine. In 2018 he was awarded an Established Artist Fellowship Grant for Literary Fiction by the Delaware Division of the Arts. He is currently finishing a book about the threat to Earth of asteroid impacts, another work of creative nonfiction.