“True stories well told.”
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who is taking an MA in Creative Writing from the Open University – to my great envy – when he mentioned that there is a choice of two from four genre in the first year which narrows to one in the second year.
I asked him how he was getting on and he said the usual, that he was learning most from his fellow students on the on-line forums where critiquing of your work is expected and delivered. There are also on-line workshops where you are expected to deliver three critiques for each subject studied.
He also mentioned that, for the second year, he has settled on Creative non-fiction as his genre. I had never heard of this so I did some researching on the internet. There is a lot about it and it seems that you can weave some fiction around the basic story as long as the facts are still facts – no Fake News allowed.
As usual, Wikipedia has quite a lot on the subject:-
“Creative nonfiction (also known as literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction) is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives.”
It sounds very attractive to me as I often write science based fiction and this seems like a better description.
I think I’ll consciously have a go at this soon as it sounds like fun and is a better description than the genre title I came up with – Skewed Science.
Do you think this story about the Hypercube fits in this genre?
Has anyone come across this or has any experience of it?
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