Nonfiction Journal Launches New Look

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For 17 years, Creative Nonfiction magazine has been the flagship for writers who have wanted to tell stories in personal, sometimes idiosyncratic, ways.

Now the publication is changing, not to keep up with the times, but to stay ahead of them. Wednesday at the Alto Lounge in Shadyside, the magazine's new format and layout will be introduced.

"What we're trying to do is maintain the concept of what we've done before, but also begin to inform people about the genre," says editor Lee Gutkind.

Gutkind is often called the godfather of creative nonfiction for his groundbreaking work to promote and advance the genre. During his tenure, writers such as Gay Talese, Annie Dillard, John Edgar Wideman, Andre Dubus and Francine Prose have written contributions for the journal.

But after almost two decades, there's still a matter of perception.

"We get tons of e-mails and telephone calls from people who still want to know what (creative nonfiction) is," Gutkind says, "and constant questions about what one can do in the field, the ethical and moral issues, where do you publish and where can you learn more?"

Creative Nonfiction will continue to feature lengthy nonfiction pieces, but also will include more information about the genre itself, profiles of writers and interviews. …