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Book: Investigative Creative Writing

Chapter: 12. Experience Investigative Eco-Fiction

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.34901


Based on a PowerPoint presentation given at the 2015 Creative Writing & Innovative Pedagogies Conference at the University of Central Missouri, this chapter investigates the concept of “investigative eco-fiction.” Advocating field work and collaboration with experts as a way to derive first-hand information over traditional research, the point is made that a nonfiction-type experiential approach can be applied to fiction, and that environmental fiction is especially suited for investigatory process. The genre of fiction, however, is stigmatized in other fields and not always viewed as a legitimate means of communicating real-world problems, so innovative advice is offered on how to transcend expected barriers. Meanwhile, infiltration and immersion is encouraged along with providing actual practical solutions to problems. Edward Abbey’s “field work” is held as the prime example of this genre’s revolutionary potential to influence an audience as the real-time status of our planet’s disposition drives a metaphorical nail into our coffin. Images of fish and amphibian research support arguments.

Chapter Contributors

  • Mark Spitzer ( - markspitzer) 'University of Central Arkansas'