Digging Deep: Using Research in Creative Nonfiction panel at Conversations and Connections

If you attended the “Digging Deep: Using Research in Creative Nonfiction” panel at Conversations and Connections today, here is my recommended reading list for hermit crab essays that (might) borrow their structure from research.  (And if you didn’t attend the panel, perhaps you’ll be interested in them anyway!)

My own work that I discussed (because I know for sure how research influenced the structures of these pieces!):

To help increase your powers of observation, try the quick-diary or X-page exercise (same content, slightly different form) from the excellent book Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry.  Then buy the book — it’s terrific!

Basic Quick Diary Format

Thanks to Brevity for this photo. Click on it to read the post that goes with it!


(I posted this the morning of the conference so you’d be able to see it right after (or even during!) the panel.  I’ll make any updates to this list this evening, but please feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments.  Thanks!)

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