A Whale of a Tale: Creative Nonfiction

1. First watch this presentation from BBC:


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2. Then read this report: http://www.ycaol.com/swallowed.htm

3. Now read the newspaper article actually published in 1892: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/44076494

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In a certain sense this whale story is an example of creative non-fiction.

4. What “is” creative non-fiction?
  • Creative nonfiction merges the boundaries between literary art (fiction, poetry) and research nonfiction. . . . It is writing composed of the real, or of facts, that employs the same literary devices as fiction such as setting, voice/tone, character development, etc. This makes if different (more “creative”) than standard nonfiction writing.
  • Sometimes called literary journalism or the literature of fact, creative nonfiction merges the boundaries between literary art . . . and research nonfiction . . .
  • Creative nonfiction should (1) include accurate and well-researched information, (2) hold the interest of the reader, and (3) potentially blur the realms of fact and fiction in a pleasing, literary style (while remaining grounded in fact).
  • In the end, creative nonfiction can be as experimental as fiction—it just needs to be based in the real. (UVM Writing Center at uvm.edu)