Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. Edited by Wendy Call and Mark Kramer. New York: Plume, 2007. Practical advice on writing nonfiction from the country’s most prominent journalists and authors. Authors from Tom Wolfe to Nora Ephron share from their perspective on the writing process from finding topics to structure. Each chapter is written by a different author, varying in style and tone.
Dillard, Annie, and Lee Gutkind. In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2004. A book filled with articles from the top creative nonfiction writers as compiled in the magazine “Creative Nonfiction” which is edited by Gutkind. Each chapter is a piece of nonfiction. Subjects and tone vary. There is no instructional content in this compilation.
Franklin, John. Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction by a Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner. New York, NY: Penguin, 1986. Franklin includes two articles of his own and uses them as examples while walking the reader through the writing process from beginning to end.
Hart, Jack. Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Pulitzer Prize winner, Hart, provides methods and mechanics of narrative nonfiction. He uses his own career in journalism as anecdotes but also draws from magazines, documentaries, and radio programs.
Kidder, Tracy, and Richard Todd. Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction. New York: Random House, 2013. Kidder and Todd cover three styles of creative nonfiction: narrative, essay, and memoir. Drawing on their own experience, good and bad, they show the writing process. Also includes a wide range of authors and a discussion of the ethical challenges of nonfiction writing.
Zinsser, William. On Writing Well. New York: Harper Perennial, 2001. Zinsser presents an easy to read, sound work on writing in general. This book covers the fundamental principles but not specifics of writing creative nonfiction. This book is beneficial for writers of all genres.