Literary or narrative journalism is writing that combines the stylistic techniques of fiction, such as dialogue, character development, and scene-setting, with the nitty-gritty accuracy of reporting and research. The subject matter can be anything, from an election campaign to the profile of an artist, from the exploration of a cultural phenomenon to a true crime story or a scientific discovery. But whatever the topic, the author’s voice or point of view is key to the power of the piece.
A few examples
George Orwell: “A Hanging.”
Joan Didion: “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream.”
Desmond Cole: “The Skin I’m In.”
Katherine Ashenburg: “Critical Mass.”
To learn more
The 2020 CNFC/Humber Literary Review creative nonfiction contest closes February 1. Submit today!