I attended the Idaho Rendezvous on Saturday and sat in on: Form & Structure: How Long is a Short Story? – Daniel Orozco
Whether a single moment or the span of several generations, the short story can encompass all such various narrative forms. But it must always present certain narrative elements to be called a “short story.”
It was great to relearn the basic elements of a short story and talk about what makes a story, a story. I kept thinking through Professor Orozco’s talking points, “Does this apply to creative nonfiction?” So after his talk was over, I asked. “No, not at all,” he said. This answer surprised me. Shouldn’t all stories have the same elements regardless of fact or fiction?
He graciously offered to email me a few book suggestions on nonfiction craft. I have had some luck in publishing nonfiction stories but I have never read any craft books on the subject. Better late, than never. 🙂
“These are two books we’ve used in our program for beginning nonfictioners, with the latter the current textbook. Browse them, buy them used, and hope they help/inspire/etc!” – Daniel Orozco
Department of English <> University of Idaho
Tell It Slant by Miller/Paola
Writing True by Perl/Schwartz