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1. The category of literature, drama, film, or other creative work, including essays, expository prose, and documentaries, whose content is based on fact and is not imagined.
a. Works in this category: I've read her novels but not her nonfiction.
b. A work in this category: the nonfictions of V.S. Naipaul.

non·fic′tion, non·fic′tion·al adj.
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1. (Library Science & Bibliography) writing dealing with facts and events rather than imaginative narration
2. (Library Science & Bibliography) (modifier) relating to or denoting nonfiction
nonˈfictional adj
nonˈfictionally adv
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(nɒnˈfɪk ʃən)

literature comprising works that are not fictional.
non•fic′tion•al, adj.
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Noun1.nonfiction - prose writing that is not fictional
article - nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication
prose - ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
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Style and Story: Literary Methods for Writing Nonfiction
The late TV personality won Emmys for outstanding nonfiction writing and best informational series or special at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.
How To Publish Your Nonfiction Book, second edition
Benilde), Jose Socrates delos Reyes (Tula; Ateneo), Kristine Estioko (Creative nonfiction; Ateneo), Bayani Gabriel (Sanaysay; Tarlac State University), Hans Malgapu (Poetry; UST), Angelito Nambatac Jr.
BHC Press made the announcement saying, "Shelley Wilson is a fabulous, gifted writer equally at home in both the nonfiction and fiction realms.
It is also important to note that the circulation statistics in our study consist of fiction and nonfiction titles, which falls in the category of recreational reading, reading for pleasure, and popular titles compared to the academic literature examined in the Duke University study.
Adult nonfiction sales dropped from a growth rate of 12% in the first six months of 2016 to 4% in the third quarter, while unit sales of adult fiction fell 3% in the quarter, a greater decline than in the first six months of the year.
I happily plead guilty to this charge, particularly in the sense in which I believe that all nonfiction poses a relationship among human beings--author and subject, author and reader--in which one often seeks to fix or interpret the other.
Currently, reality series are eligible for the outstanding nonfiction series category (formerly known as the informational series category), while reality specials fall under outstanding nonfiction special.
Docudrama, experimental documentary, nonfiction, metafiction, meta-documentary--however you describe it--The Herd is arguably closer to John Grierson's definition of the documentary as the "creative treatment of actuality" than it is a deviation from it.
Although she denied that her McGinniss pieces were merely a "thinly veiled account of my own experiences," she also wrote: "The characters of nonfiction, no less than those of fiction, derive from the writer's most idiosyncratic desires and deepest anxieties; they are what the writer wishes he was and worries that he is.