Developing narrative nonfiction writers at any stage of their career Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling helps writers cultivate their nonfiction storytelling skills by exploring the universal decisions writers confront when crafting factual narratives. Rather than isolating various forms of narrative nonfiction into categories or genres, Sue Hertz focuses on examining the common choices all true storytellers encounter, whether they are writing memoir, literary journalism, personal essays, or travel stories. Write Choices also includes digital storytelling. No longer confined to paper, today’s narrative nonfiction writers must learn to write for electronic media, which may also demand photos, videos, and/or audio. Integrating not only her own insights and experience as a journalist, nonfiction book author, and writing instructor, but also those of other established nonfiction storytellers, both print and digital, Hertz aims to guide emerging writers through key decisions to tell the best story possible. Blending how-to instruction with illuminating examples and commentaries drawn from original interviews with master storytellers, Write Choices is a valuable resource for all nonfiction writers, from memoirists to essayists to literary journalists, at any stage of their career.

What’s the Form?

What’s the Form?

What’s the Form?


While this book celebrates the commonalities shared between different kinds of nonfiction storytelling, it is important to identify — and embrace — the range of forms available to writers of factual narratives. To that end, this chapter explores a variety of those forms, which include:

  • Internal Narratives
  • External Narratives
  • Internal and External Narratives
  • Length: Short Essay? Kindle Single? Full-Fledged book?
  • Multimedia Options

Long before Truman Capote picked up The New York Times and read about the brutal murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, he had decided that he wanted to use his considerable fiction writing talents to spin a factual tale with tension, character, dialogue, and setting. A crime would be the perfect subject, he thought. So when he spotted the Times story ...

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