A shout-out to “Creative Nonfiction” for “Picturing the Personal Essay”

Creative Nonfiction is the clubhouse where the cool kids hang out–a virtual place for people like us, who value true stories well told.

They “pursue educational and publishing initiatives in the genre of literary nonfiction,” to quote their About page, via a magazine, publishing imprint, annual conference, writing contests, and more. I subscribe to their magazine, and every issue is a treasure…a beautiful, tactile, ink-on-paper, reminder that writing well is a goal worth working hard for.

Trolling their archives recently I came across “Picturing the Personal Essay: A Visual Guide” by Tim Bascom, which originally appeared in  Issue #49, Summer 2013.

If your writing is feeling a little like this–


And you’d like to learn how to give it more of a feeling of structure, like this…



whorlsor, maybe loops

then here you go. Read Picturing the Personal Essay: A Visual Guide. Comment here. Let’s discuss.


About first person productions

My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.
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