5 Creative Nonfiction Writing Tips

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True stories well told. Lee Gutkind

At some point in university, I read Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species. It was lyrical and riveting. Yes, you read that right. I’m talking about a scientific text published in 1859 … and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was not what I’d call a cure for insomnia like so many of the dry, nonfiction texts I read throughout my school years. Have you ever wondered why history textbooks, so full of adventure, misfortune and the ideals on which countries were founded, tend to be written in fairly unimaginative language? Me, too. Well, I don’t have the answer. I do know, however, that it’s entirely possible to write about facts in an exciting style. There’s a reason why we enjoy reading fiction so much. So, in the interest of readability, I’ve pulled together five tips to help you make your nonfiction writing more engaging. Continue reading → 5 Creative Nonfiction Writing Tips

Top 3 Traits of a Good Writing Tutor

So, you’ve found yourself in a situation where, for one reason or another, you have to (or want to) improve your writing. Why not hire a writing tutor or take a class? Great idea! But, how do you know you’re getting your money’s worth. I suppose if, by the end of the session, you’re a better writer than you were, then you’ve succeeded.

I loved writing classes all the way through school and into university. I was the one who’d say (whether asked or not), My career goal is to write essays … forever! (Shout out to all the geeks out there. Do what you love!). Whether for fiction or non-fiction, I’ve taken some writing courses that were very practical and others that were, let’s say, useful in other ways, like a creative writing class in which we spent most of our time meditating and delving into each others’ past lives. Continue reading → Top 3 Traits of a Good Writing Tutor