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When you’re passionate about an issue, whether it’s animal rights, climate change, refugees, religion feminism, or surf clubs – you want to get people’s attention and persuade them to consider your point of view. But persuasion is not haranguing, hectoring or lecturing. It must be far more artful and interesting than that, for both your reader’s sake – and you. There are many different ways you can get your point across as well – essays are one, but don’t forget that fiction – stories – can leave an indelible impression as well.
How to write for people who don’t necessarily share the same beliefs The difference between preaching and persuading * Taking the ‘other side’ seriously: showing the same respect you would expect from them. * Playing the ball, not the player * The power of story
The globally interconnected world we live in is webbed with translation. We rely on this web, whether we’re reading a Murakami, Kundera or Stieg Larsson novel, watching a Chinese or Iranian film, studying French theorists like Derrida or even trying to decode the English-language instructions that came with a Japanese washing machine. The best literary […]
Creative Non-Fiction is the art of writing factually accurate, informative articles or essays with literary style. Examples of creative non-fiction can include travel and food writing, cultural critique and commentary, personal essays, memoir and biography as well as essays on politics and society. What are the secrets to writing successful creative non-fiction? Linda Jaivin is […]