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Narrative Nonfiction and Expository Nonfiction Genres

Updated: Jun 22, 2021



Many readers see nonfiction as a distinct genre. However, a stroll around your neighborhood bookshop reveals hundreds of departments dedicated to nonfiction publications, while fiction titles are classified into a few broadly defined categories such as 'Fantasy/Science Fiction and 'General Fiction.'


To ensure that nonfiction publications get the support they need and to assist writers in choosing the appropriate category for their work, here is a list of the narrative nonfiction and expository nonfiction genres, along with their distinguishing characteristics.


Narrative Nonfiction


While narrative nonfiction books remain factually accurate, they are written narratively. As such, the chapters of a book have a natural flow — a narrative structure, if you will — rather than being arranged methodically by subject.