CNF Needs Your Help!

This year, Creative Nonfiction turns twenty-one. Like most twenty-one-year-olds, we're excited about what this milestone represents: we're growing up.

Sure, we’ve been growing for years, with consistent increases in magazine readers and subscribers; the expansion of our publishing programs to include books; and a full schedule of online courses that have served more than 1,000 students to date—-but there’s more work to be done.

In the coming year, CNF will undergo several major life changes, which will help us expand our reach, and, we hope, take on a stronger role not just in the genre we helped to define, but in our local community, as well. We have some ambitious plans for the coming year—and beyond—but we’ll need your help to make it all happen.

In spring, we will be moving to a new office—a place of our own! We can’t share all the details quite yet, but CNF has been based in a small two-room office for eleven years, and this move to a freestanding building is an incredible opportunity. Our exciting vision for the additional space includes not only room for more staff and a more productive work flow, but also the creation of a nonfiction literary center here in our hometown of Pittsburgh.

Additionally, we’re planning a new book series that will help put our home city into focus on the national level. This unique series will be combined with writing workshops and a funded literary fellowship.

We’re also planning a third-annual Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference over Memorial Day weekend; anthologies of new work focused on mental health and babies; a collection of original contributions from literary icons including Gay Talese, Susan Orlean, Tom Junod, Jonathan Franzen, and others; a new, more robust learning system for our online courses; and magazine issues focused on memoir, waiting, work, and the weather.

In other words, 2015 is shaping up to be a very busy year for our small, part-time staff. And that’s where you come in. We need your help to make sure CNF continues to grow and mature.

Like most twenty-one-year-olds, Creative Nonfiction is on a very tight budget. Donations from individuals have played a prominent role in helping our small organization make a big impact.

Now, as we come of age and start to take on even more ambitious projects, we need your help more than ever. Your donation in any amount goes directly to offsetting the costs of our many programs.


Give by mail:

Creative Nonfiction Foundation
5501 Walnut Street, suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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