You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

A how-to guide from the “godfather behind creative nonfiction (Vanity Fair) and founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction.

What is Creative Nonfiction? It’s simple: True stories, well told.

And yet—it’s not so simple. Telling true stories, well, can be hard work, but worthwhile. It’s the hottest genre in the publishing industry. Now, Lee Gutkind offers his unvarnished wisdom to help you write the best creative nonfiction possible, from rags-to-riches-to-rags tell-all memoir to literary journalism and everything in between.

Frank, to-the-point, and always entertaining, Gutkind describes and illustrates each and every aspect of the genre with depth and clarity. Invaluable tools and exercises illuminate key steps, from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product. Offering new ways of understanding the genre, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up helps all writers of all skill levels thoroughly expand and stylize their work.


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Author Bio

  • Lee Gutkind
    Lee Gutkind is the author and editor of more than thirty books, including You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction–from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between, Almost Human: Making Robots Think, The Best Seat in Baseball: But You Have to Stand, Forever Fat: Essays by the Godfather, and the award-winning, Many Sleepless Nights: The World of Organ Transplantation.
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