"Creative nonfiction" is misleading in that it implies the facts can be made up.
You stick to the truth--the storytelling is fact-based--but you adapt some of the features of fiction (creating a narrative persona, setting scenes, presenting interesting characters, creating the look and feel of a setting, telling a story) to the purposes of journalism.
See An intimate new narrative conference, Cali style (Paige Williams, Nieman Storyboard, 6-6-14) Vanity Fairs Bryan Burrough on writing narrative: people are dying to put down your article .
(Andrea Pitzer's Nieman Storyboard report from Mayborn Conference, 8-6-10).
Alice La Plante (how writers create -- for serious writing students and teachers) The New New Journalism: Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft by Robert Boynton Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, ed. (Read online Listen (Jay Alison, Afterword to the book).
See also: Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production by Jonathan Kern The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers, edited by Dinty W.
(Nieman Storyboard on why the classic narrative nonfiction stories work) Excellent online examples of narrative journalism Accuracy, honesty, and truth in narrative nonfiction Characters in narrative nonfiction Narrative nonfiction goes under many names, including creative nonfiction, literary journalism, and fact-based storytelling.
In short form, it's an alternative to the traditional newspaper pyramid structure (in which, if you lopped off the bottom part of the story, the reader would still have all the key information).Any purchase you make after following such a link will bring a small commission to this site (which helps support the cost of providing it). Bill Roorbach (anthology that brings together examples of all three of the main forms in the genre: the literary memoir, the personal essay, and literary journalism) Intimate Journalism: The Art and Craft of Reporting Everyday Life, ed.Walt Harrington The Elements of Narrative Nonfiction: How to Write and Sell the Novel of True Events by Peter Rubie (published in an earlier version as "Telling the Story: How to Write and Sell Narrative Nonfiction") Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction , by Lee Gutkind (less practically helpful than other books listed here) Literary Journalism, ed.With narrative nonfiction you don't present the main point in the first paragraphcompelling narrative keeps the reader reading to find out what happens, and the journey to the epiphany is half the point.Narrative nonfiction--joining good research with compelling, character-driven storytelling--reads like a novel.After a series of links here you will find a list of classic book-length narrative nonfiction, followed by links to a few exceptionally good short narratives or newspaper series readable online. 8, 2014 --The Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference, cosponsored by ASJA Educational Foundation), this new conference brings top editors and writers to Berkeley for a daylong exploration of nonfiction storytelling.