Issue #29, 2006

A Million Little Choices: The ABCs of CNF

A Million Little Choices: The ABCs of CNF contains a glossary of concise entries that define and explain the anchoring elements of the genre, from scene and dialogue to acknowledging your sources. It's everything you need to know to avoid the James Frey jinx.This special issue also contains an introductory essay by editor Lee Gutkind, explaining the evolution of the creative nonfiction genre, and a behind-the-scenes snapshot of Frey, the subject of recent uproar about the issue of truth in creative nonfiction. Note: This issue is out of stock, but has been republished, in expanded form, as Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction. This book from W. W. Norton includes all the entries from Issue 29, plus additional mini-essays about topics including Montage Writing, Checkbook Journalism, Keeping It Brief, and more.

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR: A Million Little Choices Lee Gutkind ... read more
Creative Nonfiction: A Movement, Not a Moment Lee Gutkind
Notes on Frey Daniel Nester
For Further Reading
Acknowledgement of Sources
Backdoor Access
Composite Characters
Compression ... read more
The Creative Nonfiction Writer as Tour Guide
Defamation and Libel
The Evolution of Creative Nonfiction
The History of Memoir
The "I"
Immersion ... read more
Influencing Readers
Legal Responsibilities of Publishers
Narrative History
The Narrative Impulse
Point of View
Reconstruction of Scene and Dialogue
Tape Recording
Use of Family Members as Characters
The Vagaries of Memory ... read more
Whose Story to Tell
Writers' Responsibilities to Subjects


Kristen Cosby

Kristen Cosby's work has appeared in Fourth Genre, and her essays have garnered Finalist for the 2005 Iowa Review Prize and Honorable... read more

Taha Ebrahimi

Taha Ebrahimi has written for The Seattle Times, and her nonfiction writing has earned awards from the Pacific Northwest Writers... read more

Hattie Fletcher

Hattie Fletcher has been the managing editor of Creative Nonfiction since 2004. read more

Donna Hogarty

Donna Hogarty is an assistant editor of Creative Nonfiction and a creative nonfiction MFA candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. She... read more

Kristen Iversen

Kristen Iversen is the author of the best-selling biography Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth (winner of the Colorado Book Award for... read more

Lori Jakiela

Lori Jakiela is the author of a memoir, Miss New York Has Everything. Her chapbook, The Regulars, was published by Liquid Paper Press. Her... read more

Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life. She also co-authored Tell It Slant:... read more

Paul Morris

Paul Morris teaches nonfiction writing at Arizona State University in Tempe. read more

Lori Pfeiffer

Lori Pfeiffer's work has appeared in Arizona Highways, Working Woman, American West Airlines Magazine, Black Enterprise and in the... read more

Mimi Schwartz

Mimi Schwartz’s books include Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed and Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father’s German... read more

Bryant Simon

Bryant Simon is Professor of History and Director of American Studies at Temple University. He is finishing a book about Starbucks,... read more

Kathleen Tarr

Kathleen Tarr teaches writing at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of... read more

Sarah Z. Wexler

Sarah Z. Wexler is the author of Living Large: From SUVs to Double Ds, Why Going Bigger Isn't Going Better. Her writing has also been... read more

Susan Yohe

Susan Yohe is a shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, practicing in the Commercial Litigation Group. She has handled a range... read more