Education

Online Classes

Our online classes give you the opportunity to learn on a flexible schedule that fits your needs. Participants receive personal feedback from their instructors on each assignment as well as peer interactions throughout the class. All instructors are university professors and/or working professional writers. Firm deadlines and feedback help keep you writing and improving your work throughout the class.

Whether you're just starting out or are looking for an advanced class to help you refine and polish your work, we have a course for you. Class sessions begin in January, April, June, and September.

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The Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference

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.

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Onsite Writing Workshops

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 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Each workshop, whether five weeks or a few hours, will teach you long-lasting strategies and skills to apply to your personal and professional writing practices. 

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Manuscript Review

If you have a piece you’ve been working on but don’t know how to finish, or want some valuable feedback before submitting your work for publication* (or after receiving some rejections), this is a great opportunity to get a professional’s insight.

Writers can submit essays or book excerpts of up to either 3,500 words or 5,500 words for review, and in return will receive a written critique from one of our Creative Nonfiction online instructors.

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Mentoring

Writers at every level can use guidance when it comes to shaping and refining work. The Creative Nonfiction Mentoring Program gives writers one-on-one access to accomplished mentors (who, by the way, aren't just great writers, but experienced teachers and editors, too).

Since all writers and writing projects are different, every program is customized to meet the needs of each incoming mentee. Whether you’re trying to publish, find your voice as a writer, draft a book proposal, or receive specific feedback, let Creative Nonfiction create a program that’s right for you.

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Internships and Volunteer Positions

Creative Nonfiction offers internship positions three times a yearwith positions starting in January, May, and September. Our goal is to provide interns with the opportunity to learn new skills and gain essential experience in the world of literary publishing.

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CNF in the Classroom

Creative Nonfiction's books, back issues, and magazines are a great classroom resource for teachers. We offer discounts on bulk subscriptions and classroom orders.

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Writing Away the Stigma

A series of workshops and events for people who want to write about how mental illness has affected their lives.

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