That kind of genre or art is more widely known as Creative NonFiction. One of its evangelists has been Lee Gutkind.
But before the literary crowd did a deep dive into its techniques, it was embraced by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a way to save lives.
In essence, Creative Nonfiction uses the devices of fiction to communicate fact-based material. Those include leveraging drama or suspense, dialogue, character formation, surprise and personal disclosure. The first time I bumped into that were the articles in then-cool publications like Esquire. Now, of course, that kind of presentation of a journalistic story is commonplace.
However, in the 1930s, two drunks intuitively recognized that telling their stories in dramatic terms could accomplish what nothing else could: Keep boozers off the stuff. Those two men were Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob. Their early intervention was to pop up at the beds of hopeless drunks in hospitals and tell them their own stories, in vivid terms. That format persists today at the AA meetings around the world. It is embedded in what's calle AA's "Big Book."
Non-alcoholic or a drunk near hitting bottom, today we in communications know to frame the whatever in terms of a story. The trick is to manage the story for max impact. That's why it helps to take a course in Narrative NonFiction. Some lucky students at Harvard will have the opportunity studying with Abramson.