Issue #6, 1996

The Essayist At Work

“The Essayist At Work,” Creative Nonfiction’s first special issue, highlights the actual process of writing nonfiction. 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.

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR: The 5 Rs of Creative Nonfiction Lee Gutkind ... read more
The Miss Dennis School of Writing Alice Steinbach
A Stylist's Delight: A Conversation with Paul West Barbara Adams
How and Why Jane Bernstein
A Conversation with Diane Ackerman Kathleen Veslany
The Art of Translation Steven Harvey
The Essential Hyphenated Heat-Moon Scott Chisholm
The Conversion Wendy Lesser
Darcy Frey: Reaching New Heights Tracy Marx
Nonfiction in First Person, Without Apology Natalia Rachel Singer
Twenty Questions: A Conversation with John McPhee Michael Pearson
Phillip Lopate: New York Storyteller Melinda Corey


Barbara Adams

Barbara Adams has been teaching writing at Ithaca College for the past 24 years, where she helped found the Writing Program and now directs... read more

Jane Bernstein

Jane Bernstein’s most recent books include the memoirs Bereft: A Sister’s Story and Rachel in the World. She is also an... read more

Melinda Corey

Melinda Corey's articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Poets & Writers, Kirkus Reviews, and Turnstiles,... read more

Scott Chisholm

Scott Chisholm is a professor who lives and writes in Paradise, Utah (which it is), in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. read more

Steven Harvey

Steven Harvey is the author of “Geometry of Lilies,” “Lost in Translation: Personal Essays about Love and Change” and is the editor of a... read more

Mary Paumier Jones

Mary Paumier Jones coedited two anthologies wtih Judith Kitchen: In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction and In Brief: Short... read more

Wendy Lesser

Wendy Lesser edits The Threepenny Review, which she founded in 1980. Her books include "The Life Below Ground", "His Other Half", and, most... read more

Tracy Marx

Tracy Marx is a Writer-in-the-College at the Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research and works at a New York City... read more

Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson is the director of creative writing at Old Dominion University. He is the author of "Imagined Places: Journeys Into... read more

Natalia Rachel Singer

Natalia Rachel Singer is the Craig Professor of English at St. Lawrence University, where she was hired in 1990 to design and teach courses... read more

Alice Steinbach

Alice Steinbach, feature writer for the Baltimore Sun, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. Her first book, "The Miss Dennis School of Writing... read more

Kathleen Veslany

Kathleen Veslany's work has appeared in Sycamore Review and you are here, among other journals. In 1999 she won second prize in the Annie... read more