How writers can navigate the boundaries between fact & fiction

I am just back from the Mayborn conference in Texas, where I delivered a manifesto of sorts and drew a strict line between the standards of fiction and nonfiction. My so-called "Vow of Chastity" lists 10 points of contention that have generated a lot of discussion.

So what is going on here? I've just published a list of fairly conservative standards and practices for nonfiction, and now I want to host a live chat on how we can cross the boundaries between fact and fiction? As Sarah Palin might say, "You betcha!"

Fiction and nonfiction share a border. The name of that border is "Storytelling." In this week's writing chat , we talked about the strategies and standards that govern all good storytelling, and explored how to use them responsibly and creatively.

You can replay the chat here:

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    Roy Peter Clark

    Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at Poynter to students of all ages since 1979. He has served the Institute as its first full-time faculty member, dean, vice-president, and senior scholar.


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