Craft talk: From Journalism to Creative Nonfiction by Kaya Oakes
As an emerging genre, creative nonfiction doesn't have a lot of rules. But it does have roots in journalism, and in the personal essay, stretching back to Montaigne. What are the boundaries between journalism and creative writing, and where can we bend them, and in some cases, break them? How much does the "I" narrator matter when we merge creative techniques with journalistic ones? How much can we borrow techniques from anthropology, archeology, and even philosophy, to create what Jeff Sharlett calls "mutant journalism"? And are creative nonfiction writers really just fancy journalists in the end?
KAYA OAKES third book, a hybrid memoir/ethnography/theological rant, Radical Reinvention, was published by Counterpoint Press in 2012. Her previous nonfiction book, Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture, was published by Henry Holt in 2009 and was selected as a San Francisco Chronicle notable book. She’s also the author of a collection of poetry, Telegraph, which received the Transcontinental Poetry Prize from Pavement Saw Press.