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Episodic Nonfiction

Reading your April 8, 2008, blog about narrative nonfiction, I wondered about the storyline for nonfiction, e.g. The Perfect Storm, In Cold Blood, Jon Krakauer’s work, and other well-known stories.

Is there such a thing as “episodic” narrative nonfiction? Where the stories are short vignettes? So instead of one continuous long thread, a series of short threads that maybe by the end become a total memoir?

The reason I ask: I am a poet who also writes creative nonfiction, but they are not continuous chapters. They are episodes.

Well, I’m a believer that pretty much anything can be done if done well. Certainly there has been nonfiction published that’s really a series of essays. Are you talking about something different from that? I think there’s been a great deal of nonfiction published that’s really a collection of stories that create a larger tale. If that makes sense.

Jessica

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