Issue 06 / 1996
The process of paying attention
In Creative Nonfiction’s first special issue, the actual process of writing nonfiction is highlighted. In contrast to the term “reportage,” the word “essay” usually connotes a more personal message from writer to reader, and the pieces here do just that. In this volume, writers explore the merits of email, reasons for running, and the form of essays themselves. Others reflect on their own development from imitator to artist. All, however, address and exemplify what Alice Steinbach distills as simply “paying attention.”
Also in this issue are conversations with Diane Ackerman, Paul West, and John McPhee.
Mary Paumier Jones
Natalia Rachel Singer
Personal truths and shared memories: it's complicated
Diverse stories, diverse techniques
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