An essential handbook for nonfiction writers, featuring the trusted personal writing exercises of today's creative nonfiction masters, including Gay Talese, A. J. Jacobs, Reza Aslan, John Matteson, and many more! Beginners and seasoned writers alike will relish the opportunity to use the top-notch writing exercises collected in Now Write! Nonfiction-culled from the personal stashes of bestselling and critically acclaimed nonfiction authors like legendary essayist Gay Talese (Thy Neighbor's Wife); New York Times-bestselling authors A. J. Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically), Ishmael Beah (A Long Way Gone- Memoirs of a Boy Soldier), and Reza Aslan (No god but God- The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam); 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner John Matteson (Eden's Outcasts- The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father); creative nonfiction icon Lee Gutkind (Creative Nonfiction magazine); and many other top memoirists, journalists, and teachers of creative nonfiction. Now Write! Nonfiction will take you into the field with creative nonfiction's master practitioners- Peek inside Gay Talese's mind, as he shares uu the 'writer's road map' he used to organize information for his classic book Thy Neighbor's Wife and his seminal essay 'Frank Sinatra Has a Cold.' Discover Lee Gutkind's simple trick, performed with a highlighter, that can help any writer identify whether their piece is truly showing action, or just 'telling.' Learn about the important role of speculation and conjecture in creating lively nonfiction from Lisa Knapp. Use Daniel Nester's Joan Didion-inspired advice to create a deeper understanding of time and place when writing a personal essay.