Creative nonfiction happens at the place where public events meet private lives. It is the genre that begins with the writer’s moment of astonishment – to borrow from Annie Dillard – in the world.
Something in the world has reached me – moved, disturbed, excited, haunted me – and set me on an inquiry into my own memories, emotions, and ideas in response to it.
Creative nonfiction, then, is the genre that raises two questions that must be answered: What has this got to do with me? And: Why am I telling you this?