Tell It Slant

Tell It Slant
The 2nd Edition of Tell it Slant, co-authored with
Suzanne Paola, is available at Updated and revised with new information about form, research, online writing, publishing, and current ethical issues in creative nonfiction.

A website for the book includes sample syllabi and online resources for teachers.


“To delve into this gem of a book is to begin a journey steeped in the literary tradition of turning your life into art.”

—Sue William Silverman, author of Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir

Tell it Slant is THE how-to book for beginning and intermediate nonfiction writing classes. In reading this book, I got ideas for some essays I want to write myself. I suspect this text will become indispensable.”  

—Connie Voisine, New Mexico State University

“Lucid and often poetic, Tell it Slant not only provides a comprehensive guide to the essentials of writing creative nonfiction, but it also presents numerous practical suggestions to jump-start the imagination of writers at all skill levels.”  

—Alan Boye, Lyndon State College

“Five stars for Tell It Slant … An enlightening, comprehensive, and very satisfying text on writing and shaping creative nonfiction.”  

—Sheila Bender, editor and publisher of and author of Writing and Publishing Personal Essays