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Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction Winter 2017

Creative Nonfiction is the voice of the genre. Every issue includes long-form essays blending style with substance; writing that pushes the genre’s boundaries; commentary and notes on craft; conversations with writers; and more. Simply put, Creative Nonfiction demonstrates the depth and versatility of the genre it helped define.

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5 min.
what’s the story?

i don’t know about joy—joy seems like an extreme emotion—but I do know what brings me delight and pleasure: writing and living the writer’s life. I find great satisfaction in the routine: up in the morning, 5:30 am, thinking about what I’m going to write that day, where I’m going to start, and what might happen in the story I’m trying to tell; crawling out of bed, pulling on my Levi’s and boots, walking the four blocks to Starbucks, where the baristas know my name and usually have my Venti Dark waiting; returning home, ducking down side streets, avoiding neighbors I have known for decades because I am focusing on my work and don’t want to lose my train of thought; walking into my office, sitting in front of my…

10 min.
it’s complicated: the joy of writing

I work at the kitchen table, and sometimes my husband or son will wander in, take one look at me, and ask, “Are you OK?” “I’m writing,” I’ll say, as my features rearrange themselves from Ominous Writing Face into the familiar Natural Resting Bitch Face of their loving family member. I don’t yet subscribe to the old chestnut attributed to Dorothy Parker—“I hate writing, I love having written”—but, for the most part, the act of writing doesn’t bring me joy. It would be nice if it did; who doesn’t want to spend their days in joy? But, according to research in positive psychology, a relatively new branch of psychology that homes in on positive emotions, it’s probably for the best that it doesn’t. Joy is overrated. JENNIFER NIESSLEIN is the editor of Full…

13 min.
tricks of the trade: how to have fun on the job

SUSAN BRUNS ROWE lives in Boise, Idaho, where she teaches at The Cabin and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University. Her writing has been published in the American Oxonian, Penny, Quest, DiscRespect, and Fighting the World’s Fight: Rhodes Scholars in Oxford and Beyond. A graduate of University of Oxford, she is working on a memoir about growing up on a farm in the Idaho desert. On the last morning of a writers’ retreat I went to a year ago, there was a tiny bell lying on the seat of every chair in the spacious conference center. The weekend was unlike any gathering of writers I’d ever been to: for two days, we attendees had listened, enthralled, to one heresy after another. “Find a hobby that isn’t writing,” one…

2 min.
what’s the most fun you’ve ever had writing?

BRENDA MILLER The most fun I’ve ever had writing was when I wrote my first hermit crab piece, “How to Meditate.” I loved poking fun at both myself and the earnestness of the meditation community while still getting at the heart of some essential experiences. It was the first time I felt so immersed in a voice not my own, and I wrote the entire piece in one twelve-hour writing day on retreat at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. BRIAN DOYLE Oh man, a nonfiction book about a year in a vineyard: The Grail. That was fun for all sorts of reasons, not just the wine. To write loose and free about a real place and people and science, to write a fun book about wine in a world filled with so many…

4 min.
the wonder of the look on her face

BRIAN DOYLE is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland and the author of many books of essays and fiction, notably the novels Mink River and Martin Marten. I WAS IN AN OLD WOODEN CHURCH recently, way up in the north country, and by chance I got to talking to a girl who told me she was almost nine years old. The way she said it, you could hear the opening capital letters on the words Almost and Nine. She had many questions for me. Did I know the end of my stories before I wrote them? Did my stories come to me in dreams? Her stories came to her in dreams. Did the talking crow in one of my books go to crow school? Where did crows…

14 min.
rumors of lost stars

WINNER! Best Essay Prize KIM KANKIEWICZ is a Seattle-area writer and editor. She writes essays, articles, and reviews for publications including Brain, Child, Salon, Pacific Standard, Colorado Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Full Grown People. Her work has been anthologized in Full Grown People’s Greatest Hits. Vega, Altair, and Deneb form the famous “Summer Triangle,” with a right angle at Vega. All navigators know it. It is easy to find. — FROM FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS BY H. A. REY This is a story about glimpsing heaven, but it begins in hell, in the summer before my twenty-first birthday. The heat is so heavy it could knock you down. I’ve starved away a third of my body weight. Just a few pounds more, I believe, and I’ll shed the burden of self-loathing I’ve carried…