R151. CANCELLED: The Evolution of Truth: How Nonfiction Has Changed over Time

Status: Not Accepted

Room 008, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Due to its unconventional evolution, many words get tossed around when talking about creation nonfiction, including essay, memoir, narrative, and reportage. In this panel, attendees will hear from creative nonfiction writers and editors as they recall their first encounters with the genre and reflect on how it has changed over time, thereby enriching our understanding of the genre’s complicated history and how that history informs our writing today.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP20-MH_Panel_Outline.docx



Mia Herman is the outreach director and creative nonfiction editor for F(r)iction. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Hofstra University, and her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications.

Patricia Horvath is the author of the memoir All the Difference. Her stories and essays have been published widely in literary journals, and she is the recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships in both fiction and nonfiction.

Phillip Lopate has written over twenty books, most recently, Portrait Inside My Head, To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction, and A Mother's Tale. He has also edited the anthology Art of the Personal Essay, and is a MFA nonfiction professor at Columbia University.

Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as the godfather behind creative nonfiction, is the author or editor of more than thirty books and the founding and current editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Arizona State University.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center