Workshop by Linda Apple
Creative Nonfiction is telling the truth using fiction techinques.
Keep it under 1000 words.
Always have a lesson.
Don't write the average stuff (your wedding day, graduation, etc.)
You need (your ingrediants):
a defining scene
Ah Ha moment
Think a snapshot, not a movie
Stay in the moment
Connect to the reader's memories by using the senses.
If your writing doesn't move you, it won't move the reader.
Show don't tell:
Use dialogue to break the montony of telling.
Internalization - Letting the reader in on your soul
Express emotion without getting sappy.
You have the opportunity to give the reader a gift:
A chuckle, hope, or even encouragement.
Recipe for writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul:
Write your story
Edit, edit, edit
1,200 word limit, better if under 1,000 words
SUBMIT (you can't get published if you don't submit) to www.chickensoup.com
Possible topics for the May 31st deadline:
Grieving and Recover
My Cat's Life
My Dog's Life
July 31st deadline:
August 31st deadline:
December 31st deadline:
Young at Heart