You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction--from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between

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  • Title: You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction--from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between
  • Author: Lee Gutkind
  • ISBN: 9780738215549
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction--from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between

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About “Lee Gutkind

  • Lee Gutkind

    Lee Gutkind has been recognized by Vanity Fair as the godfather behind creative nonfiction A prolific writer, he has authored and edited over twenty five books, and is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish only narrative nonfiction Gutkind has received grants, honors, and awards from numerous organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Science Foundation A man of many talents, Gutkind has been a motorcyclist, medical insider, sports expert, sailor, and college professor He is currently distinguished writer in residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.



410 thoughts on “You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction--from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between

  • This is a textbook on writing non fiction, and as such it shouldn t be able to compete with fiction But for me, it did Not only it competed but it also won the competition Go figure I borrowed three books from the library at the same time a selection of literary short stories, a fantasy novel by a well known writer, and this book I started with the short stories and couldn t proceed past the story 2 it was just too dull and barren of action Next I opened the fantasy novel It was OK I wince I mig [...]


  • This a how to book by the godfather of nonfiction Illuminated by long excerpts from strong creative nonfiction, Gutkind s book manages to do what it claims to do explain what creative nonfiction is and how to write it well Gutkind promotes the narrative as the anchoring and most critical strength of creative nonfiction Write scenes, he insists and the shows how this is done It helps to discover that what Gutkind wants in an essay is precisely what a fiction writer wants in a story And it helps t [...]


  • Have you ever had an experience where you finally realize that there is a name for the thing you love I love nonfiction, I love textbooky history books and dense work on neuroscience, but I also REALLY love true stories about real people and events and places, and there are writers who have the uncanny ability to make those stories come ALIVE in ways no textbook can I gravitate towards those authors and their work and annoy everyone I meet with recounting the awesomeness of the latest book I m r [...]


  • FIVE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT TWO BOOKSBy Erika Dreifus Tis the season to focus on nonfiction For me, anyway As I struggle with essays of various stripes and lengths , I m infused with ideas and lessons gleaned from two new books Lee Gutkind s YOU CAN T MAKE THIS STUFF UP THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION FROM MEMOIR TO LITERARY JOURNALISM AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN Da Capo Press Lifelong Books, Paperback, 16.00 US and THE ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH NONFICTION ADVICE [...]


  • Easy to read, clear book on writing literary essays and imaginative nonfiction The author peers into the bones under bestsellers such as Rebecca Skloot s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Susan Orlean s The Orchid Thief and the work Dave Eggers His goal is to move writers from dry facts and excessive restraint, into a imaginative treatment of true life writing.Gutkind follows his own rules by including anecdotes and interesting stories from forty years as a professor and writing instructor, [...]


  • I was actually taking notes from this book, which is saying a lot, because I ve read so many books on writing to keep the advice and rules fresh in my mind , and mostly I don t learn anything new really But what Gutkind, the Godfather of Creative Nonfiction, has put forth in this book are some really useful techniques and strategies to fine tune your creative nonfiction piece One in particular was to whip out the old highlighter I haven t used one of those in a decade, but I happily trotted off [...]


  • I enjoyed the book for the most part I just have a personal bugaboo about authors referencing their own work too heavily For me, it sounds pretentious and self agrandizing I admire Mr Gutkind and his work, particularly with Creative Nonfiction Magazine I would have enjoyed writing samples from other authors which does happen frequently in the second part of the book , and less casual references to himself There were a few scenes that I thought read very differently than the conclusions he drew [...]


  • Lee Gutkind s You Can t Make This Stuff Up is a pretty good little book that gives sound advice on writing nonfiction It has a lot of writing exercises in it to encourage readers to begin to hone one s craft To be honest with you, I didn t do the exercises, just read the book But I think if I were to go back and do the exercises and reread the notes I took on the book, then I will be be able to improve my writing Couple things I will say right away Gutkind s advice is best when it s about how to [...]


  • Brilliant book on how to write creative nonfiction, complete with examples from some of the finest essays and memoirs I have ever read I think the exercises could have been a little action oriented than they were, but they were just the sprinkles on a learn by example cake Or whatever A great book for anybody wanting to write creative genres.


  • Luovan tai narratiivisen tietokirjan lyhyt ja tiivis m ritelm hyvin kirjoitettu tosi tarina Sellaisten kirjoittamisesta kertoo t m teos, luovan tietokirjoittamisen kummised ksi kutsutun Lee Gutkindin kirjoittama Teos on siin mieless onnistunut, hyv ja vaikuttava, ett jo ennen kuin olin p ssyt kirjan puoliv liin, olin ideoinut kaksi tietokirjaa, jotka kummatkin voisin aivan realistisesti kirjoittaa ja joita ryhdyin jo hahmottelemaan Kirja antoi siis hyvi ideoita, nyrkkis nt j harjoituksia Mutta s [...]


  • I found it hard to read, and at the same time easy to read.Difficult, because even though it s liberally sprinkled with engaging essays, there s enough I told you so in there to take away one star in the rating Some pedantry gets in the way, but not much until the last chapter when Gutkind goes on for pages about getting an MFA in creative nonfiction An MFA Seriously I didn t think the book was geared toward academic degree wannabes and it isn t That chapter could have been eliminated without mi [...]


  • Gutkind provides excellent examples to illustrate his advice, all while modeling how to approach our own work with framework and focus in mind As he recommends, I plan to read the book again after a short break It would be impossible to internalize everything from the first pass.


  • DNF Our library closes for extensive renovations this week, and so any checked out print books will have to be returned to a distant branch after Friday I got to page 155, and my overall impression is meh I m not interested enough in this book to either speed read it or hunt down another format.My purpose in reading it was to better understand why creative non fiction has become A Thing and why its proponents seem to think the good old general term non fiction is no longer good enough for them O [...]


  • This was my second attempt at reading this book and again I didn t finish it.The first half is fine It s got good stories, good technical advice, and solid practices for getting ideas and writing them down.The second half is where the author has lost me twice His advice on how to revise and on scenes is not good for me and the way I write.I ve found better ways and techniques from other books on how to revise and rewrite.But I think anyone who wants to write creative non fiction will enjoy the f [...]


  • I found this to be a useful introduction and primer on Creative Nonfiction There were plenty of examples of what to do and what not to do, a history of the genre, exercises to develop your own writing, advice for how to move forward in a writing career, and resources for further reading and research All in all, I found this to be a useful book that I am sure I will keep handy as a reference while finishing my current project and contemplating my next Thank you, Mr Gutkind.


  • Beyond excellent I loved this book and gained so much insight into the writing processMy guess is he wrote it to help teach a college level class and it was so well organized it was like I was in the classroom with him His exercises are excellent in driving the concepts home This is a MUST READ for anyone interested in writing a creative non fiction book


  • I really enjoyed this book as an informative guide to writing creative non fiction This big name editor really knows his stuff and I learned a lot The last few chapters I skimmed, but loved the timeline listed on the last pages Super helpful book.


  • Interesting writing guide for those interested in creative nonfiction with a strong focus on journalistic writing The example and language are a bit dated, but a good source for the historical development of creative nonfiction.


  • Nuts and bolts information Provides a good defense of, and rationale for, Creative Nonfiction as a respectable literary genre This might be a helpful book if you rant to make a living as a CNF journalist.


  • This dense reading was not as engaging as Kephart s Handling the Truth Gutkind is way too pretentious to self identify as The Godfather His suggestions and methodology are not keen on functional methods of self revision.



  • Quite disappointed in this book Some sentences were helpful, included essays were fun to read, but I found Lee Gutkind to brag about himself as the Godfather of nonfiction My trust in him was lost However, I have hope that this book will someday help me when writing my own nonfiction pieces.



  • For anyone who doubts the maxim that truth is stranger than fiction, I suggest you read this book It will put all doubt about that idea to rest.If you are a creative writer, one of the great things about this book is that it empowers you Non fiction writing need not be dry and nothing but facts In fact, writing the truth in story form has attained the status of a genre creative non fiction.Lee Gutkind provides many excellent examples of great memoir and journalistic writing that fits the genre F [...]


  • As someone with science degrees, I had very few higher level English classes and no creative writing classes whatsoever so I think I may haves learned much from this book than most people I took tons of notes, folded down the edges of many pages and am making plans to read this again I read almost all non fiction to begin with so I found this book fascinating Mr Gutkind makes the process of writing creative non fiction look really easy but obviously to write it well takes much work Regardless, [...]


  • This is a good book that helps the nonfiction writer with practical advice It s almost like a textbook in how to write, with a few practical exercises The problem with the book is that much of the material is not developed in detail it s of an outline and almost could be titled Creative Nonfiction for Dummies Good points are made but need much explanation and many examples The author tends to only give one example when a big point is made but for a major principle in writing he needs multiple [...]


  • I enjoyed this book for several reasons 1 Gutkind s advice was practical and helpful I feel like I became a better reader by seeing the relationship between scenes and information through his examples and his highlights If I become a better reader, I become a better writer 2 The sample essays are fantastic They are diverse, and I appreciated reading them in their entirety 3 I really enjoyed the section on immersion nonfiction I now want to immerse myself in something that is not related to doing [...]


  • Excellent book on writing Creative Nonfiction, by the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine.I would recommend this to anyone who is writing creative nonfiction This definitely covered topics I haven t seen discussed in other writing books Very readable Lots of tips and exercises.I felt like Lee Gutkind was talking directly to me He continued to address issues that I have been wrestling with in my memoir writing Not the first book I have read by Lee Gutkind and I suspect it will not [...]


  • Nonfiction is a huge category of literature Philosophy, poetry, everything that is part of a culture from fairy tales to the holy books of the great religions is nonfiction What makes it different from the fiction category is that the quotations should be accurate to what was said, the chronology should be verifiable against facts, and the fundamental rule is the title of this book You Can t Make This Stuff Up.I am picky about what books become a part of my personal collection, and this is one t [...]


  • Lee Gutkind was one of the authors I heard speak at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writer s Conference at ASU a couple of weeks ago He is inspiring and gritty with what it takes to write creative nonfiction whether it be memoir or a book or article on something of importance to the writer There are exercises throughout the book which I ignored on the first read through knowing I would read the book again, slowly Which is exactly what the author suggests at the end of the book A must read for a [...]


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