Lisa Dale Norton
Your Life As Story: Writing Narrative Nonfiction
by Lisa Dale Norton
Lisa Dale Norton will be providing a one-hour interactive teleconference in the Authorlink Virtual Classroom November 15, 2007. Find details here.
"As a writer of memoir you have to get inside your experience|
and come to terms with it. . ."
When I teach Narrative Nonfiction I often refer to the art and craft of writing. It's important to understand those two aspects of the work we do as writers. This week I'll stir the pot a bit and get these two ideas spinning. Perhaps in my upcoming Virtual class (Nov. 15) you'll have questions based on some of these comments. (Or anything else that's been shared in this column so far.)
What do I mean when I talk about the art of writing Narrative Nonfiction? What does it mean to make art on the page, and how is that different than the craft of Narrative Nonfiction? Here's the way I use the two terms:
"Art: the holistic process of creating prose that moves the reader in ways|
that can not be fully dissected . . . "
"Craft: the writing techniques we use
Lisa Dale Norton
Lisa Dale Norton's new book about memoir, SHIMMERING IMAGES: A HANDY LITTLE GUIDE TO WRITING MEMOIR, will be released by St. Martin 's Press in Spring '08. She is the author of Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills (Picador USA/St. Martin 's Press), a work combining memoir and nature writing. Lisa teaches for the UCLA Writers' Extension Program and speaks nationally on the power of story and the process of writing your own. She lives in Santa Fe. www.lisadalenorton.com|
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