The folks at Creative Nonfiction are worried that nobody believes authors anymore.
It’s the fallout from disclosures that autobiographer James Frey exaggerated his life story and that journalists Jason Blair and Stephen Glass found it easier to make up stories than write the truth.
To get writers back on course, the Pittsburgh-based foundation and literary journal is holding a weeklong look at “Ethics in Writing” during its third 412 Creative Nonfiction Festival, “Can You Handle The Truth?,” at spots around the city.
“It’s the responsibility of all nonfiction writers to tell the truth,” said Lee Gutkind, foundation director.
And to help them, Gutkind added, the new Creative Nonfiction Journal, dubbed “A Million Little Choices,” an echo of Frey’s memoir, contains articles giving writers professional advice, from avoiding libel to creating effective passages of dialogue.
Read the full Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article here