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Aug. 7, 2023

EP 212: Interview with Writer Carrie Knowles About Writing Non-Fiction

EP 212: Interview with Writer Carrie Knowles About Writing Non-Fiction

Today, host Imelda Wei Ding Lo (@fortunusgames) talks to artist and writer Carrie Knowles about her approach to writing non-fiction. Check out our previous episode, ep 211, about her approach to writing fiction.

Carrie Knowles is a prolific award-winning author and arts advocate. 

Along with her nine books, she has published short stories, newspaper, and magazine articles, and received numerous awards for her writing. 

She was named the North Carolina Piedmont Laureate for Short Fiction in 2014. 

Carrie has published five novels: Lillian’s Garden, Ashoan’s Rug, A Garden Wall in Provence, The Inevitable Past, and A Musical Affair, as well as Black Tie Optional, a collection of 17 of her short stories. Her memoir: The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer's, has been described as a “must read” for family members caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

During her time as the 2014 Piedmont Laureate, conducting writing workshops across five counties in North Carolina, she wrote a writing workbook aimed at providing the basic tools a new writer would need to get started: A Self-Guided Workbook and Gentle Tour on Learning How to Write Stories from Start to Finish.

She writes a personal perspectives column for Psychology Today, Shifting Forward, and has recently published a collection of the first 50 stories from her column titled: Shifting Forward: Fifty Reflections on Everyday Life.

To learn more about Carrie, go to her website: www.cjanework.com  

Last episode, we talked to Carrie about her approach to writing fiction. In this episode, we’ll be talking about Carrie’s approach to writing non-fiction.

In this episode, Imelda asks Carrie these questions:

  1. What prompted you to start writing non-fiction?

  2. What is the difference between the facts as truth v.s. the emotional truth?

  3. How do the basic tools of writing good fiction apply to non-fiction?

  4. Why might you want to move non-fiction to fiction with an emphasis on the power of narrative to build a story?

  5. Do you have any general writing tips for all writers, whether they are writing fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies, or marketing copy?

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