–can be a memoir . . . your personal version of a memory.
–can be an expanded (creative) re-telling of a real event in your own life (regardless of your age or the level of excitement in your life).
–can be a story based upon an historic person or incident.
Is creative nonfiction lying? Well, in a way, yes . . . it’s storytelling at its finest.
An example of a creative nonfiction book/movie with which you are most likely familiar is:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
“Hugo Cabret” (the movie)
The companion book is also very interesting.
Scholastic has study materials to accompany this book.
This story is based on a real person: Georges Méliès.
Watch for Brian Selznick’s new book, coming soon:
1. Think of an interesting event in your own life.
2. Jot down a few details.
3. Expand your notes into a complete short story which includes a beginning, a middle, and an end.
4. Use your imagination to improve the story beyond how it actually happened. Write it down properly. This is not a verbal exercise.
6. Share your story with others.