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 our newsletter.

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June 16
Writing from the Wound
When Pain Becomes Art
A daylong workshop with Kelly Sundberg

Trauma-based nonfiction is popular in this current moment, but what personal and professional costs are associated with writing about trauma? How can we maintain a literary standard when writing about loaded topics? How can we resist an impulse towards melodrama and cliché?
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July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 15 [Note: No meeting on Aug 8]
The Art of Time in Nonfiction
A multi-week workshop with Kevin Haworth

Without the passage of time, there is no story. But there are so many ways to organize, steer, and structure time in essays and memoirs. How do you write an essay that covers one hour? One day? Twenty years? How do you handle flashbacks, or multiple timelines? Learn how to plan the time frame of a story, manage time from scene to scene, or even slow or speed up time to suit the story you want to tell. Writing prompts, readings, and discussion will help you become more skilled in using time and structure.
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July 14th
The Pit and the Page
Thinking Like an Archaeologist to Reveal New Literary Material
A daylong workshop with Elizabeth Mosier

When writing personal narrative, it can be easy to overlook or discount the most telling details from your life because they are familiar or too commonplace to warrant notice. But for archaeologists, everyday objects are material evidence, full of meaning that helps us realign the deeper truth of experience with the stories we tell about who we are and how we live.
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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 director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates@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.