Non-Fiction Genre Classifications

I love writing posts about genre classifications, not only because it helps my writer friends be as specific as possible when querying, but I get to learn a little something, too.

I don’t often write non-fiction, so I decided to dive a little deeper into that world and look at the different classifications within the non-fiction genre.


Informational text dealing with an actual, real-life subject.  So, if you’re writing a book about the eating habits (informational) of the three-toed sloth (a real subject), then it’s a great example of non-fiction. 

Biography/Autobiography (Memoirs) 

This is a narrative of a person’s life; in other words, a true story about a real person.  An autobiography is generally written by the subject himself (or herself), and a biography is written by another party.  


A short literary composition that reflects the author’s outlook or point.  Everyone dreaded writing essays in school, but when you’re writing non-fiction pieces about politics, religion, parenting, or any other subject you’re interested in, then an essay can easily flow from your fingertips. 

Narrative Nonfiction

This is simply factual information presented in a format which tells a story.  I would categorize journalism under this sub-genre. 


So, what do you think?  Did I miss any nonfiction sub-genres that you’d like to talk about?  Comment below!

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