Episode 21: Lee Gutkind’s Creative Nonfiction Law and Order Yellow Test Writers’ Prompt and A Writer Gets a Free House

In May, nearly 200 folks descended on the historic city of Pittsburgh to rub writing elbows with authors, essayists, journalists, and editors at the 2015 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference.

Maybe you were there. Maybe you weren’t. If you find yourself in the latter, shame on you. Your penance is to listen to this great episode of Behind the Prose featuring an amazing structure analogy by the “Godfather of Creative Nonfiction” Lee Gutkind. If you’ve ever struggled with how to pull together the narrative in a nonfiction piece, this excerpt of his opening presentation has got your name all over it.

Plus, some folks in Michigan are giving away houses to writers. The innovative and perhaps pioneering initiative by Write A House takes the concept of a writers’ residency quite literally.

And of course, I’ve got the check in for you and my web find of the week.

Listen below or subscribe on iTunes. Transcript is available.


Lee Gutkind’s 2015 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference Handout: Deconstructing Almost Human

So You Wanna Be A Writer Podcast

Write A House

Creative Nonfiction Magazine

Neil Smith, author of Boo

Kate Walter at Blue Stockings in NYC 

Cheryl Strayed, Wild

Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle



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