Monthly Archives: April 2015

How to Write Scenes in Creative Nonfiction

Animate Historical Nonfiction with Lifelike Details
Creative nonfiction writers must remain true to the facts. But, we’re also called upon to evoke feelings for the place and people in this hybrid blend of storytelling and reflection. We want readers to experience what happened, not just sit back and collect information. The historian—writing about a past beyond the reach of living memory—faces the greatest challenges with this form so we’ll start there, in this two-part blog post.
Create a Scene
We’re taking tools from the fiction workbench. The easiest one to use is cinematic effect, ‘showing’ readers the people and places through sensory […]

Characters, Scenes and Dialogue in Mystery Writing

Blog Posts are Murder
Musings on the genre by Annette Yourk
There were three murder mystery writers in my last course. That was a first, so I thought I’d blog about it. I’m not an expert or a junkie (aside from my Minette Walters phase) but I enjoy a good mystery from time to time.

I compared types of prose, creation and handling of character, and the role of setting and landscape. I read three selections: In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner by Elizabeth George of the Inspector Lynley series. Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin, creator of John […]