What is creative/literary nonfiction?
. . . True Stories, Well Told.
-- Creative Nonfiction Magazine
. . . a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. Creative nonfiction contrasts with other nonfiction, such as technical writing or journalism, which is also rooted in accurate fact, but is not primarily written in service to its craft.
-- Wikipedia, Creative Nonfiction
. . . nonfiction that aspires to the condition of art. This aspiration may reveal itself in many ways--in close attention to language, for instance, or in an elegant, original structure, or in a well-paced narrative or in a surprising voice or in a new, unusual take on an old subject. Literary nonfiction uses the materials of the ordinary world in extraordinary ways. It pays attention and attempts to find what one of Henry James's characters calls the "the figure in the carpet," the design that is woven into even the most everyday events.
-- Rebecca McClanahan