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Evaluation: inventive Nonfiction is the voice of the style. each factor comprises long-form essays mixing variety with substance; writing that pushes the genre’s limitations; statement and notes on craft; conversations with writers; and extra. easily positioned, inventive Nonfiction demonstrates the intensity and flexibility of the style it helped define.

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They fumbled with the rings. They fumbled to find and unfold the paper on which they’d written their vows. The guests sat upright, waiting for them to kiss, and when they did, we laughed and cheered. We wished for their love to endure. We had reason to believe it would. CREATIVE NONFICTION 33 That Night: Fifty Years Later MELISSA SHEPHERD MELISSA SHEPHERD has been a high school teacher, a university instructor, a medical instrumentation company executive, and a writing workshop facilitator. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in CrossCurrents, Southern Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others.

Yes, I thought, after reading that. That seemed true. Even so, I dismissed this ministry as a benign scam, a backdoor way for me to marry Lis and Troy. Though I’d been married once and had attended many weddings, before I opened those “how to plan a wedding” books, all I really knew about weddings was that the groom came down the aisle first, followed by the bride in white on the arm of a father. A rabbi or minister spoke; friends and family members did readings, often Corinthians 13:4-7 (“Love is patient, love is kind.

Friends of our vintage pointed out the practical reasons to wed, the tax advantages, the doubled social security. I listened and thought, Ugh. Is that what it’s come to? Then I thought, The only marrying I want to do is as a minister. finally, eleven years after standing on the bimah in the Gates of Heaven, I was asked to officiate at another wedding. My former husband was dead by then. The maze walkers had divorced. Lis and Troy were about to have a second child. Eddie, the groom-to-be, was a cinematographer: warm, levelheaded, fun.

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