The 2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference

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Personal. Public. Published.

In today's publishing climate, personal stories driven by a strong first-person voice are taking on the most important topics of our time. Meaning: your story matters more than ever.

Join us for two days exploring the art, craft, and business of creative nonfiction with authors, agents, book publishers, and editors from some of the most thoughtful magazines in America, including Esquire, Harper's, New Yorker, Paris Review, Creative Nonfiction, and more.

Through a combination of panels, presentations, and craft intensives, the 2017 CNF Writers’ Conference will walk you through everything you need to know about writing and publishing narrative nonfiction today.

Hosted by Point Park University in downtown Pittsburgh on May 26th and 27th, the 5th annual CNFWC provides opportunities for writers of all levels to meet one-on-one with a literary agent, get concrete advice from publishing professionals, hear what different kinds of editors are looking for, and hone your skills in an inspiring small-group session. You’ll also meet and mingle with writers from across the country who share your excitement about the writing process.

Special Keynote Conversation

FRIDAY, MAY 26th @ 5 pm

Friday night culminates with a panel on "The State of the American Magazine" with Bobby Baird (articles editor, ESQUIRE), Cressida Leyshon (editor, NEW YORKER), James Marcus (editor-in-chief, HARPER'S), Dan Piepenbring (web & nonfiction editor, PARIS REVIEW), and Ilena Silverman (features editor, NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE). The keynote is included in the cost of conference registration, and individual tickets are available, as well. 

Whether you're writing your first essay, article, or proposal—or have a couple of books under your belt—we have something for you.

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Enroll by April 17th & save $70 

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