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Getting to the Truth: The Craft and Practice of Creative Nonfiction

ISBN: 9780999429990
Binding: Paperback
Author: Rae Pagliarulo
Pages: 200
Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Published: 8/10/2021

Learn how to write creative nonfiction alongside some of the brightest minds in the genre. 

Inspired by Hippocampus Magazine's annual conference, Getting to the Truth: The Craft and Practice of Creative Nonfiction features 20+ essays from some of the events' highest-rated speakers and writers behind a few of our journal's most-read craft columns.

Getting to the Truth is full of real-world insight, practical examples, and even creative nonfiction writing exercises and other prompts. Whether you're new to writing creative nonfiction, want to experiment with new forms of storytelling, or wish to improve your craft, there's something within these pages that will ignite your creativity.

Getting to the Truth, like our conference, is about more than the craft of creative writing. It also covers the writing life, paths to publication, and engaging with your audience. So, this creative nonfiction book is divided into three sections:

  • Getting It Down
  • Getting Through It
  • Getting It Right

Plus, a bonus section at the end with lots of resources and reading recommendations.


The 20+ creative nonfiction essays include deep dives into topics like:

  • Imposter syndrome
  • Generating story ideas
  • Beginnings and endings in creative nonfiction
  • Visual essays, lyric essays, and other blending of genres
  • Writing about family members
  • Memory (and what we don't remember)
  • The quiet memoir

… and so. much. More.

Getting to the Truth is edited by Rae Pagliarulo and Donna Talarico and features the wisdom and insight of creative nonfiction writers such as:

  • Eli Aharon
  • Steph Auteri
  • Sue Baldwin-Way
  • Nicole Breit
  • Melanie Brooks
  • Kelly Caldwell
  • Laurie Jean 
  • Angie Chatman
  • Sam Chiarelli
  • Athena Dixon
  • Wendy Fontaine
  • Joanne M. Lozar Glenn
  • Penny Guisinger
  • Laurie Jean 
  • Elane Johnson
  • Beth Kephart
  • Lara Lillibridge
  • Kate Meadows
  • Jenna McGuiggan
  • Randon Billings Noble
  • Alexis Paige
  • Dave Pidgeon
  • Matt Skillen


Rae Pagliarulo is associate editor of Hippocampus Magazine and Donna Talarico is founder and publisher of Hippocampus Magazine and Books.