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Creative Nonfiction: The Beauty of Truth

The Writer's Garret

Instructor: Gayle Reaves
Tuition: $65
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The tools of fiction writing — character development, dialogue, story arc — can be applied to many forms of nonfiction, from news writing to personal essays, opinion writing, and biography. Journalistic values like brevity, clarity, and adherence to fact, meanwhile, are still critical for these more literary versions of nonfiction writing. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gayle Reaves, who has helped judge the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference’s Best American Newspaper Narratives contest for several years and edited the annual anthologies of winning stories, will talk about what newspaper and magazine editors look for in these kinds of freelance pieces. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their writing (or ideas) to work on and discuss.


Gayle Reaves has been a journalist for more than 40 years, at major dailies like The Dallas Morning News and small ones like the alternative newsweekly Fort Worth Weekly, which she edited for 14 years. Her journalism awards include a share in the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting, for a Morning News series on gender-based violence around the world. A former adjunct professor of journalism at UNT, she freelances for regional and national publications and is currently managing editor of the online publication Texas Monitor. She's also a poet; her chapbook Spectral Analysis was a runner-up in the Dallas Poets Community contest and her work has been featured year in the Art&Words show in Fort Worth. For the last several years she has edited the Best American Newspaper Narratives anthologies, published by UNT Press.

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