Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Illustrating Autofiction


This computer collage will be the illustration at the end of Chapter 1 of the multi-generational family journal I am writing.

Last January, I wrote a blog post about the illustration at the beginning of Chapter 1, in which I described the journal as creative non-fiction.  I’ve just learned that there’s a name for this particular sub-genre of creative non-fiction – it is autofiction, defined as ‘writing that blurs the boundaries between autobiography and fiction.’  

In keeping with this definition, parts of ‘1904’ have been blurred to accommodate the altered name of the central female character, one of just a few fictional elements in Chapter 1.  Later chapters of the book will have quite a few more fictional aspects and names than Chapter 1.