Precision of Observation

Creative nonfiction is a genre located in the precision of observation. As much as it is afforded the benefits of fictionalization, creative nonfiction is more concerned with the observed world than the world of the imagination. This concern is what draws readers to creative nonfiction. We, as readers, desire the truth of the observation. We want to experience that truth through the creative reconstruction of the writer's experience, much as we want to experience the events in a short story. Simultaneously, we want to understand what the writer knows as a result of the experience. We engage the writer because we trust the significance of his or her experience in relationship to the larger world.

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