• Inspiration & Support for Writers of True Stories

    Publishing. Education. Community.

    True stories based on real-world experience are one of the most powerful tools humans have for communicating information, fostering empathy, and changing ourselves, our culture, and the world.

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  • Creative Nonfiction Is True Stories, Well Told

    Explore new styles. Immerse yourself in new stories. Encounter new voices.

    For nearly 30 years, Creative Nonfiction magazine has been a home for thought-provoking, remarkable, engaging narrative nonfiction.

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About the Genre

What is Creative Nonfiction?

Dive in with CNF Founder and Editor, Lee Gutkind

Creative Nonfiction magazine defines the genre simply, succinctly, and accurately as “true stories well told.” And that, in essence, is what creative nonfiction is all about.

In some ways, creative nonfiction is like jazz—it’s a rich mix of flavors, ideas, and techniques, some newly invented and others as old as writing itself.

True Story

Each pocket-size issue our monthly mini-magazine showcases one exceptional longform essay by one exceptional writer.