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Introduction to Creative Nonfiction - Oakland Campus: Home

This guide is to accompany professor Bill Lychack's Fall 2014 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction course.

Creative Nonfiction

from "The 5 Rs of Creative Nonfiction" (Lee Gutkind)

"Real Life"  "Reflection"  "Research"  "Reading"  "Writing"

on RESEARCH:

The research phase actually launches and anchors the creative effort. Whether it is a book or essay I am planning, I always begin my quest in the library - for three reasons. First, I need to familiarize myself with the subject. If it is something about which I do not know, I want to make myself knowledgeable enough to ask intelligent questions. If I can't display at least a minimal understanding of the subject about which I am writing, I will lose the confidence and the support of the people who must provide access to the experience.

Secondly, I will want to assess my competition. What other essays, books and articles have been written about this subject? Who are the experts, the pioneers, the most controversial figures? I want to find a new angle - not write a story similar to one that has already been written. And finally, how can I reflect and evaluate a person, subject or place unless I know all of the contrasting points-of-view? Reflection may permit a certain amount of speculation, but only when based upon a solid foundation of knowledge.

Welcome!

This guide is designed to provide you with an overview of researching at the University Library System and help you identify research approaches and resources to support your creative nonfiction writing.  You can use this guide to find links and information about:

Creative Nonfiction Sites and Journals

Liaison Librarian

Leslie Poljak
Contact:
207D Hillman Library
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-648-3901
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