The 2014 Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference

Three days dedicated to the art and craft of memoir, magazine writing, personal essays & more.

Find inspiration and pick up new tips for polishing and publishing your work, whether you're new to creative nonfiction or further along in your writing career. Our down-to-earth, accessible faculty of editors, writers, and agents will discuss contemporary nonfiction in depth, give you the real scoop on the marketplace for creative nonfiction, suggest techniques for keeping yourself motivated, and provide concrete suggestions that will help you submit your best work for publication. Plus, get individual feedback on your work in a small-group writing workshop on Sunday.

May 23 - 25, 2014 // The University Club, Pittsburgh, PA

Presenters & workshop instructors include: Lee Gutkind, Jane Bernstein, Hattie Fletcher, Larry Levitsky, Emily Loose, Dinty W. Moore, Leslie Rubinkowski, Anjali Sachdeva, Michael Simms & Peter Trachtenberg

Conference attendees have the option of purchasing one-, or three-day passes. 

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Registration Options

Early registration prices are valid until April 25th, with prices increasing by $50 after.

3-day Pass

May 23 - 25, 2014

Friday - Sunday
Publishing, Craft & Feedback 

Attend all three days of the conference, and explore new ideas, share your stories, and get excited and motivated about the world of nonfiction writing and publishing. Learn about the changing publishing landscape, work on your craft, and get feedback on your writing. 



Fri, Sat & Sun | $445

Friday, May 23rd

11 a.m - 7 p.m.
The New World of Publishing

Presentations will provide an in-depth exploration of the changing publishing landscape by experts in the industry, with a reading by some of the best writers in the genre. PLUS: a chance to socialize with the presenters, CNF staff, and other attendees at a cocktail hour.



Friday Only | $90

Saturday, May 24th

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Style & Substance: The Craft of Creative Nonfiction

We'll kick off the day with a conversation about the history and evolution of both the genre and the magazine, as well as the challenges and rewards of the writing life; then we’ll delve into the craft of creative nonfiction, exploring techniques and best practices for writing both short and long-form nonfiction, the power of research, and the art of the memoir. PLUS: a second opportunity to socialize with the presenters and other attendees at a literary happy hour.



Saturday Only | $200

Sunday, May 25th

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Small Group Workshops

Receive personalized feedback on your writing, and gain motivation and inspiration to help you generate new work—Boot Camp style.




Sunday Only | $250

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PLEASE NOTE: The last day to register for Sunday workshops is Friday, May 9th by 5 pm EST, and participants must also have their materials for the workshop (their own essay, chapter, or essay/book excerpt of 3,000 words or less) posted by that day. This will allow your workshop instructor and fellow group members time to read your work before the confernece begins. Instructions for posting materials will be sent after participants have registered for the conference.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION: Conference registration for the Friday and Saturday talks will be available at the University Club on Friday (5/23) and Saturday (5/24) for $275 per person. No discounts or coupon codes will be honored for on-site registration.

Questions? Contact the conference coordinator Kristina Marusic at