Who doesn’t love a good year-end list? As 2015 winds down, we thought we’d look back and see what captured our (online) readers’ interest this year.
As it happens, we noticed something interesting, though not exactly surprising: Though the majority of our most popular pieces appeared in an issue of Creative Nonfiction within the last five years, a handful are from the early 00’s and a couple from the mid-90’s. Creative Nonfiction‘s content has staying power!
Anyway, in case you missed them the first time around, here they are—our top 15 from 2015. Happy reading!
Picturing the Personal Essay
A visual guide // TIM BASCOM
How to Write Like a Mother#^@%*&
A conversation with Cheryl Strayed // ELISSA BASSIST
The Line Between Fact & Fiction
On borrowing the tools of novelists // ROY PETER CLARK
A Genre by Any Other Name
The story behind “creative nonfiction” // DINTY W. MOORE
Write What You Don’t Know
How can you write nonfiction when you don’t have the facts? // JESSICA HANDLER
The Price of Writing
Why would anyone work for free? It’s complicated // JENNIFER NIESSLEIN
Sixteen and pregnant, a young woman finds herself ostracized from her community // MEREDITH HALL
The Same Story
Two young women, pregnant at the same time by the same man // SUZANNE ROBERTS
Writing Memoir & Writing for Therapy
An inquiry on the functions of reflection // TARA DaPRA
The “Five ‘R’s” of Creative Nonfiction
Breaking down the essentials of the form // LEE GUTKIND
The Butterfly Effect
Finding sanctuary in Butterfly Town, USA // JENNIFER LUNDEN
The Rope Test
The writing life requires discipline // LEE GUTKIND
An interview with the journalist turned narrative historian // DONNA SEAMAN
Poetry & Science
A view from the divide // ALISON HAWTHORNE DEMING
What You Learn in College
How to play strip spin-the-bottle // KAREN DONLEY-HAYES
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