“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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3 thoughts on “Creative non-fiction

  1. Now I’ve thought about it, a lot of historical novels might fall into this category. “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantell for instance, or “Any Human heart” by William Boyd. Do you agree?


    • I think so. I suppose if you write something and place it in that genre you are sort of guaranteeing that the facts are true – sorry about the tautology.
      BTW Hilary Mantel graduated with me – the difference was that hers was an honorary degree while I worked for mine, I didn’t have to give a speech and she is probably not interested in Geology! Is there much Geology in Wolf Hall?


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