October 14, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
Great interview this morning on Bob Edwards. Lee Gutkind founded Creative Nonfiction, a literary journal devoted to "true stories, artfully told." Apparently it's a whole genre that I'd never heard of, complete with degree programs. I have heard of some of the research Gutkind mentioned on how narrative is more effective at conveying information into long-term memory than other ways (I have an interview half-edited on it), and I've definitely read a lot of creative nonfiction without knowing to call it that.
I think this idea is so important to education that one of the things my imaginary publishing company does is build curriculum guides for what I was previously calling narrative nonfiction. I say imaginary because it doesn't currently exist. It will, though. The science fiction curriculum guide that Chad Rohrbacher and I are working on is in one sense just an experiment, a proof-of-concept piece, although I love it dearly and I want to do more of those as well.
In the meantime, real life calls. My son is home from his sleepover, and he wants to play football on this gorgeous fall . . . (waiting 15 seconds) . . . afternoon.