How to Write Creative Nonfiction: Resources and Books for Nonfiction Writers

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Going along with our mission of educating and informing those interested in reading and writing creative nonfiction, we’ve compiled a list of creative nonfiction and general writing and lit mag resources, books about writing creative nonfiction, as well as other publications, podcasts, and articles dedicated to the craft of creative nonfiction.

If you have a suggestion for this page, by all means, let us know. We’ll check it out and, if we feel it fits, we’ll add it to our list of resources for writers.

Creative Nonfiction Literary Magazines

Aside from your truly (Hippocampus Magazine!), these are a few online and print literary journals that publish creative nonfiction exclusively:

Blogs, Websites & Other Online Pubs Dedicated (Mostly) to Creative Nonfiction Writing and Publishing

(There are countless writing-related blogs and websites, too exhausting to list here, so we’ve hand-picked a few with a CNF bent.)

Books About Writing Creative Nonfiction

…Plus a few non-genre-specific ones we love, as well as some on submitting. This is by no means an exhaustive list of books about writing memoir and essay; just a few favorites that came to mind.

And, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our own book (which didn’t exist when we first made this page in 2018, but we’ll add it now): Getting to the Truth: The Craft and Practice of Creative Nonfiction, a CNF craft anthology edited by Donna Talarico and Rae Pagliarulo.

(note: the links in this sections are affiliate links.)

Creative Nonfiction-Related Podcasts

We also included a few (true) storytelling ones to this list!

Literary Magazine Market (and Other) Listings

These websites give you access to literary magazine listings and call for submissions.We also included a classic book (because, in a day of information overload, we feel sitting down with a good ‘ol reference book is refreshing and inspiring.)