But I Have No Reason to Write My Memoirs . . .

Creative Nonfiction:

–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:

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

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“Hugo Cabret” (the movie)

The companion book is also very interesting.

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Scholastic has study materials to accompany this book.


This story is based on a real person: Georges Méliès.

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Watch for Brian Selznick’s new book, coming soon:

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Today’s Assignment:

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.

5. Smile.

6. Share your story with others.