Creative Non-Fiction Class

05 Sep

Imitation Paragraph #1 

Hemley “Reading History to my Mother”

I see the birdhouse, hanging lopsided on the weather-worn pole. I don’t have any shoes on. I took them off so that I wouldn’t track dirt into the house. The path is only slightly worn, but still the risk of stickers in the grass causes me pause. I look at the birdhouse, then at the grass. My eyes finally settle on my lily-white feet, spoiled by the comforts of socks and expensive tennis shoes. My father ambles up next to me.

“Anything in the birdhouse?”

“Nope,” I reply. “Hollow.”


Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Creative Non-Fiction Class

  1. disperser

    September 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    . . . kind of reads like fiction . . . I’m having a tough time imagining non-fiction. Even reports are mostly made up.

    • Len

      September 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      That is the purpose of Creative Non-Fiction, to read like fiction but remain true.

      • disperser

        September 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm

        That seem odd to me . . . from the point of view of the reader it would be indistinguishable from fiction.

        That means the author is the only one who would know, and then I have to wonder about the point for it at all.

        Is it just satisfaction that one can tell a true story and make it seem like fiction? Or is there a reveal at some point, so both the reader and writer are let into the secret?

  2. Brenda Davis Harsham

    September 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I like the details. “Causes me pause” hits my ear wrong. I’ve always heard it as “gives me pause.” Maybe it’s a regional thing.


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