Meet the master practitioners of memoir, journalism and creative nonfiction who contributed exercises to Now Write! Nonfiction.

Contributors WITH SAMPLE exercise

Paul Lisicky is the author of Lawnboy and Famous Builder.  He’s taught in the graduate writing programs at Cornell, Sarah Lawrence, Fairfield, and Antioch Los Angeles.  He currently teaches at NYU and in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark.  He has two books forthcoming: The Burning House (novel, 2011) and Unbuilt Projects (short prose pieces, 2012). Download his exercise: On Propriety, Or The Fear Of Looking Foolish.

Malina Saval is a journalist, writer and the author of the non-fiction book The Secret Lives of Boys, which was inspired by a single line of dialogue uttered by one of her male, teenage students. She lives with her husband, son and daughter, and their two dogs in Los Angeles, California. Download her exercise: Permission to Eavesdrop.

All Contributors – with site links if available

Marilyn Abildskov

Dianne Aprile

Reza Aslan

Robert Atwan Wiki page

Lynne Barrett

Jocelyn Bartkevicus

Ishmael Beah

Madeline Blais Wiki page

Jenny Boully

Gwendolyn Bounds

Neal Bowers

Barrie Jean Borich

Janet Burroway

Joy Castro

Leah Hager Cohen

Kathryn Deputant

Bruce Dobler Wiki page

Samantha Dunn

Hope  Edelman

Rebecca Blevens Faery

Celeste Fremon

Philip Gerard

Denise Gess

David Gessner

Cecile Goding

Philip Graham uiuc.ed faculty page

Lee Gutkind

Robin Hemley

Christine Hemp

Marcie Hershman

Richard Hoffman

Barbara Hurd

Jay Kirk

Judith Kitchen

Carl Klaus

Lisa Knopp

Sydney Lea

Gretchen Legler umf maine faculty page

Leslie Lehr

Robert Leleux

Paul Lisicky

Tom Lutz Wiki page

Eric Maisel

Carole Maso Wiki page

John Matteson Wiki page

Tilar Mazzeo

Shara McCallum Wiki page

Rebecca McClanahan

Fritz McDonald

Michael McGregor

Christopher Merrill

Brenda Miller

Dinty Moore

Honor Moore

Maureen Murdock

Daniel Nester

Lia Purpura

Hilda Raz

Kathryn Rhett

Robert Root

Malina Saval

Brandon Schrand

Mimi Schwartz

Sandra Scofield

Mary Kay Shanley

Suzanne Strempek Shea

Ashley Shelby

Sue Silverman

Natalia Rachel Singer

Myra Sklarew Wiki page

Kathleen Spivack

Michael Steinberg

Reine Steinke Wiki page

Laurie Stone

Ned Stuckey-French faculty page

Ira Sukrungruang

Gay Talese official site

Susan Tiberghien

Thrity Umrigar

David Vann

Kathryn Watterson

Sandy Wisenberg

Ira Wood

Xu Xi