Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Creative Nonfiction and Narrative Science

Lee Gutkind started the first ever MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh. Today the similar programs are offered at over 75 schools in the United States. He advocates using narrative as a medium to embed information.

"The way in which most newspapers present the science section is they make it interesting and palatable for the people who are interested in science. But what we need to do, and we need to do this through story, is to be able to make science interesting and compelling to people who aren't interested in science—to people who are interested in other people, and other professions, and other ideas, and other ways of life."

Also, he refers to jargon as "gobbledegook."

I'm a little bit in love with this.

"The reward of creative nonfiction, especially in this world of science, is that people listen, people understand, people relate, and people connect."


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