The Draft

How to Tell the Truth

In creative nonfiction, how much of your life can you embellish?

Eileen Pollack
Human Parts
Published in
5 min readOct 16, 2019

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Illustration: Lulu Jiang

Welcome to The Draft, an advice column about writing and life from Eileen Pollack, former director of the University of Michigan MFA Program. We’re here to answer your questions about storycraft, writing, and telling the truth in words.

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Eileen Pollack
Human Parts

Eileen is the author, most recently, of Maybe It's Me: On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman