Come visit the True/Story Lab, the new online home for all things “documentary writing” at the Center for Documentary Studies. “We often get asked what we mean by documentary writing,“ says CDS writer in residence Duncan Murrell. “One of the last things the broad field of nonfiction needs is another subcategory, or a new name for an old category, or a made-up name for a kind of writing that doesn’t exist but, in our drunken daydreams, would be very, very cool. But we think documentary writing is a sufficiently real and necessary category of nonfiction writing, and it deserves its own term.”
Find out why, and how the answer relates to REM, “Driver 8,” trains, and treehouses in Murrell’s latest contribution to the True/Story Lab.