"Simply great essays by talented writers" –Library Journal

Fall 2015

Issue #57, Making a Living

Our fall issue, Creative Nonfiction #57, explores making a living—that means jobs, yes, but more than that: how do we work meaning out of our days, and what do we do to survive? For the young office temp, the state executioner, the musician, the activist, the refugee worker, the rape crisis counselor, and the estate planning attorney whose stories are featured in this issue, it's not just about the money.

Plus, writing (and editing) for free; revisiting Studs Terkel's Working; the history of erotic memoir; tiny truths; and more.

Read Now

What's the Story #57 Lee Gutkind

Sometimes, the most unlikely and unexpected juxtapositions of frame and focus create the most effective stories. read more

The Price of Writing Jennifer Niesslein

Why would anyone work for free? It's complicated. read more

Online Reading

A Genre by Any Other Name?

Dinty W. Moore

The story behind the term "creative nonfiction." more

Putting the "Creative" in Nonfiction

William Bradley

RE: Dinty W. Moore's "A Genre By Any Other Name." more


Oh, Baby!

Edited by Lee Gutkind & Alice Bradley

A LITERARY LIFELINE FOR NEW PARENTS. 23 original stories by mothers and fathers from all walks of life—straight, gay, single, surrogate, biological, adoptive—exploring the challenges and rewards of parenthood. more


Online Classes

WINTER COURSES START JANUARY 11 and include classes on Advanced Memoir & Personal Essay, Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp, Spiritual Writing, The 30-Minute Memoir & more. more




Get it straight from the pros! One-on-one interactions, customized courses, and a flexible schedule.

Online Classes

Produce your best work with the help of professional guidance, firm deadlines, and a lively community of writers.


Learn new skills and gain essential experience in the world of literary publishing.

CNF in the Classroom

Creative Nonfiction makes a great educational resource; discounts are available for classroom use.