Thank You Susan Orlean

Susan, may we quote you?  In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Susan Orlean defines the theme for the narrative nonfiction faction:

There’s a difference between literary nonfiction and nonfiction books. Literary nonfiction is not simply a flood of information. A lot of these books are basically travels into a subculture, even if it’s not a physical journey somewhere exotic.
There’s nothing more exotic or strange than looking into another
person’s life – and finding this world that was right next to me.  It’s a challenging form. So much of its success relies on its execution. Almost anyone can Google a subject and get all the facts. It’s the writer who makes something of them.

Orlean is speaking at the first Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest in Texas.

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One Response to Thank You Susan Orlean

  1. Erin says:

    I’m just curious. What is your take on the term creative nonfiction? I notice you prefer literary or narrative nonfiction instead.

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