Creative Nonfiction is defined as a piece of creative writing that,
according to the Author and as a promise to our readers, is real and true. In addition, it assumes that the following ethical practices have been executed by the Author in the creation of the Piece:

  1. The accuracy of the information has been verified by reasonable sources and care has been taken to avoid inadvertent error; and
  2. No deliberate distortion regarding circumstances or facts mentioned in the Piece has been included; and
  3. Sources have been identified whenever possible; and
  4. Undercover or other surreptitious methods have been avoided in the Author’s effort to gather information, except when traditional methods do not yield information vital to the public, and the use of such methods have been explained as part of the story; and
  5. No plagiarisation is present in any part; and
  6. The Author’s own cultural values have been examined, and consequently does not impose on the values of others; and
  7. Stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, or social status has been avoided; and
  8. All sources, subjects and colleagues have been treated as with the respect due to all individuals; and
  9. Compassion has been shown to those who may be affected adversely by the publication of your writing; and
  10. It is recognised that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than we have to publish such information; and
  11. Pandering to lurid curiosity has been avoided; and
  12. Conflicts of interest, real or perceived, have been avoided; and
  13. The piece remains free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility; and
  14. Unavoidable conflicts have been disclosed; and
  15. The Author has been vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.