Creative Nonfiction: A License to Lie?

The short answer is “no.”

Then there is the longer answer based on my own experience with creative nonfiction. Perhaps a definition would be in order. Creative nonfiction is halfway between fiction and nonfiction. An author uses actual events but is allowed to shape them with literary techniques. The writer may use a plot that is not chronological, may create dialogue that might or might not have occurred, and may use flashback and foreshadowing. However, the events described should be factually accurate.

Several years ago, as I toiled away at my own creative nonfiction… Continue reading