Response #10 – Lisa Knopp’s “Perhapsing: The Use of Speculation in Creative Nonfiction”

In this short essay, Knopp offers us a way to write toward things we can’t possibly know for sure, but may want to include in our writing. “Perhapsing” is a way of thinking our way into the interiority of others, or of speculating about events in the past.

Perhapsing is a valuable tool for any writer. Of course, anytime there is speculation in a piece of nonfiction, it raises questions about boundaries and ethics. For this response, write about how you might use this tool. Then, address what you see as possible ethical issues a writer may want to avoid.

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