Negated's Workshop: Creative Nonfiction

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11 December 2008

This Workshop is now CLOSED. Please comment on some of the seven entries we received for this workshop.

To Open by EvenAfterTwelve
Chapter 42: Language by Halatia
Rubella by mirageode
Immersion by neurotype-on-discord
Blame it all on Hannah Montana by PKBradley
Workshop Prompt by pro-nunc
Armistice by TerribleTreasure

10 December 2008

:star: There are less than hours until this workshop closes, so make sure you note us your entries as soon as possible.

1 December 2008

Negated's Workshop: Creative Nonfiction

Negated is a literary ice cream cone who attends Hunter College High School in New York City. She enjoys concocting poems, paintings, and copious amounts of bubble tea in her free time. You can find her writing published in Soundzine, Neon, Pomegranate Poetry and The Kenyon Review. As the Art Editor of <a href=“”>Mimesis</a>, she also has illustrations scattered through the issues, and would be delighted if you would order some. (the poetry there is also pretty snazzy). Occasionally you can find her rambling over at

Creative Nonfiction: Stories about [your] Self

To some degree, all writing is autobiographical – some writers use their personal lives as a springboard into literature, employing details of their surroundings and circumstances to give a realistic tint to their fantasy; others use words as a medium through which self-exploration and understanding can expand and encapsulate.

Creative nonfiction is a smaller subset under writing in general, but perhaps the one that most embodies these two possibilities. What exactly is creative nonfiction? Technically, it can include anything from memoir to personal essay to travel writing, as long as the facts are true to life. As a relatively new genre, however, it is defined by its lack of definition, liberating because of its few conventions – the overarching goal is to make art out of life, and the way you do it is completely up to you. Just remember that as important as the “nonfiction” part is, there’s still that “creative” hanging out in front—creative nonfiction is equally about the delivery as it is about the content. Play around with the narrative form, experiment with language, and think about yourself a writer would a character. You might just discover something you’ve never known before.


How to Submit

After submitting your entry as a new deviation or scrap, send us a note with a link to your piece. Include the subject line "CREATIVE NONFIC" in your note. The deadline is midnight 10 December 2008. All times are set for GMT. Negated will respond to the entries on 14 December.

:star: Due to the delayed start of this workshop, we will accept late entries up to an extra 24 hours.

A note from Writers-Workshop: Please note that this is a PROSE workshop, meaning that we will accept ONLY prose entries. Proofread your work before you send it in so that grammatical and spelling errors are minimal. And most of all have fun with it!

:postit: On Accepting Critique

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charsane's avatar
I wrote creative nonfiction the day before the deadline, and submitted. I know you are all busy, but I got a response, so why isn't it in there? Just wondering, I don't wanna sound pushy or anything.