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What Is Creative Nonfiction? Learn How to Write Creative Nonfiction

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 6 min read

The broad genre of nonfiction includes a wide array of appealing topics, from memoirs to self help books, sports histories to cookbooks, and true crime mysteries to travelogues. Nonfiction regularly outsells fiction, and authors like Malcolm Gladwell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Bob Woodward routinely top The New York Times’ Best Seller List. In recent years, a term has emerged for a type of nonfiction that readers consider particularly engaging and enjoyable: creative nonfiction.