Write Now at CNF

Unique opportunities to connect with a passionate group of regional and visiting writers while exploring specific aspects of craft and gaining skills and strategies you need to succeed. Our experienced instructors and professionals can help you set goals, try out new techniques, receive feedback, and find motivation for your writing.

Take your writing to the next level with hands-on instruction and inspiration at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation's office, located in the arts-centered Garfield/Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Workshops are open to writers at all levels and new workshops are announced regularly, so check back often or sign up for an alert.


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Tuesdays (Feb 20, 27, Mar 13, 20, 27)
Roots & Branches
Writing Your Family Tree
A five-workshop series on memoir with Sarah Shotland

We don’t get to choose our families—but we do get to make choices about how we frame, represent, embrace, and challenge the family histories we hear, discover, or remember. In this five-week workshop, we’ll dig deep to hit the roots of our family trees and write the stories that we can pass down to the next generation.
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Wednesdays, beginning March 7
Writing Away the Stigma
A free eight-week writing workshop for teens who have experienced mental illness. Seeking fifteen teens, grades 9-12, from Allegheny County to attend weekly workshops led by author Yona Harvey at the Creative Nonfiction office.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 2.
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Mar 17
Writing about Place
Crafting & Publishing Travel & Place-Based Stories
A daylong workshop with Anjali Sachdeva

Explore and share your adventures in the world, whether close to home or far away. The best writing allows readers to see familiar sites in a new way, vicariously experience somewhere they may never visit, or reflect on larger ideas through the lens of travel experiences. In this one-day workshop, we'll discuss the skills essential for crafting engaging and moving stories about place.
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Mar 31
Looking Back, Moving Forward
Writing About Grief, Loss & Trauma
A daylong workshop with Jessica Handler

Writing well about loss requires more than capturing slippery memories on the page. Through this craft-focused workshop, students will explore strategies for writing about loss and trauma in pursuit of insight, wholeness, and connection with their readers.
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*Please note that all workshops are hosted in-person at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation’s office, located at 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. 

Questions? Please contact our Events and Building Manager, Lauren Boehm, at  boehm@creativenonfiction.org. You can also review our cancellation and refund policies here.

Want to study with Creative Nonfiction from the comfort of home? Check out our current online class offerings.