Genre Focus: Literary Nonfiction

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • November 9th, 2017

Literary nonfiction, also known as narrative nonfiction, is simply true stories. Biographies, autobiographies, sports writings, personal narratives, and interviews are all examples of literary nonfiction. It is important for students to be marinated in literary nonfiction and study the features and craft of the genre. Like fiction, literary nonfiction carries storylines that include plot and characters that are all true. There are many connections to be made between the two genres. Students can read literary nonfiction to produce research products, gain explanations and examples for expository essays, and much more!


The International Literary Association has done an exceptional job reviewing biographies that are great for kids. For examples and blurbs about different biographies, click here!

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