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Forms of creative nonfiction include literary journalism, the memoir, the lyric essay, the prose poem, and the nonfiction short.
The Nieman Narrative Digest (see links below) provides links to many excellent newspaper series that take advantage of the form.
You stick to the truth--the storytelling is fact-based--but you adapt some of the features of fiction (creating a narrative persona, setting scenes, presenting interesting characters, creating the look and feel of a setting, telling a story) to the purposes of journalism.
Basically, it's fact-based storytelling that makes people want to keep reading.
Bowden is the author of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War Narrative tips for nonfiction writers: more from the 2010 Mayborn Conference (Tom Huang, 7-28-10) Colin Harrison and Sam Gwynne on the editor-writer partnership, going deep and the difference between a subject and a story Boston University (BUniverse) talks on narrative nonfiction, many of them from the 2012 Narrative Arc conference (videotapes): 300 Little Words: How to Write Narrative Short and Good (Roy Peter Clark's talk, which starts at about minute 9 or 10) What It Takes: Getting Stories Told in the New World of Narrative Nonfiction (panelists Ken Auletta, Jill Abramson, Hampton Sides, Amanda Urban, and John Stauffer discuss what it takes to be a long-form narrative nonfiction writer in todays fast-evolving technological world) Clearing Space for the Agenda: Setting Narrative in Digital Journalism (Dean Sparkman) Jill Abramson: The Power of Narrative The Moth & Friends: The Rise of Stories Out Loud (Jay Allison, independent broadcast journalist, curator and producer of The Moth Radio Hour) Beyond the "Like" Button: Digitally Addictive Storytelling and the Brain (Amy OLeary, a news editor and multimedia producer for The New York Times) Reaching New Audiences with Digital Devices (Jill Abramson, Managing Editor for the New York Times) The Power of Narrative: The Rebirth of Storytelling (about storytelling in all kinds of media, on all kinds of platforms--held at Boston University).
Cousin of the now-suspended Nieman Narrative Nonfiction conference. Here's one participant's reports: 10 Highlights from #BUNarrative (Susan Johnston, The Urban Muse, 4-10-13).
Narrative nonfiction--joining good research with compelling, character-driven storytelling--reads like a novel.
Norman Sims and Mark Kramer Literary Nonfiction: Learning by Example, ed.Helpful tips from a Harvard writers conference (Livia Blackburn's blog, A Brain Scientist's Take on Writing) The Storytellers Summit blog . Kevin Kerrane and Ben Yagoda The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing, by Francis Flaherty (excellent short takes on the architecture, bones, & tendrils of story and character development, especially for journalism) Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction by James Stewart To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction by Phillip Lopate Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, by Janet Burroway Now Write!You can watch videos of great talks from this conference held at the University of Florida in 2010: Roy Peter Clark, Andrea Billups, David Finkel, Ellis Amburn, Lane De Gregory, Keith Sykes & Tom Corcoran, Liz Balmaseda & Fabiola Santiago, Tom French, and three biographers: John Capouya, William Mc Keen & Ellis Amburn. With humor and aplomb, he recalls anecdotes about how he approached a story: from interviewing and reporting to drafting and revising, to working with editors and publishers . Nonfiction: Memoir, Journalism and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today's Best Writers ed."Bright" star Will Smith says he no longer worries about releasing a movie, while co-star Joel Edgerton says that while critical acclaim is nice, if no one watches his films, it's pointless. (Whether it's called narrative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, long-form journalism, creative nonfiction, or narrative journalism true stories, well-written and compelling) What is narrative nonfiction?