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Upcoming at Creative Nonfiction | Aug 2017

Connect & learn at Creative Nonfiction

5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

CNF’s events and writing workshops can help you get motivated, find a writing community, and more.

In the next few weeks, join us for an open house, a magazine launch party, and/or one of our upcoming writing workshops.


Aug 4
True Soirée: Summer Edition
First Fridays on Penn Avenue (& Coral Street) // 6-9 pm

Celebrate the summer issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine #64: "Adaptation."

To celebrate, we'll have sweet treats and cold drinks; a new gallery of artwork by Lucy Engelman, whose illustrations are featured in the new issue; embroidery work by visiting author and artist Sarah Minor; and special pricing on subscriptions, merchandise, and more.

This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, August 4 // 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224


Aug 12
Extraordinary Embodiment
Writing Chronic Illness & Disability with Sonya Huber

Illness and disability are universal human experiences, but too often these experiences are narrowly categorized into either medical freak show stories or “inspirational” narratives.

These constraints can shut down our creative work, self-reflection, and inquiry into our experience. And they leave too many stories untold.

This daylong workshop will begin by addressing clichés for writing about the body, chronic illness, and disability, then dive into how you can successfully write into and against those expectations. You’ll leave this workshop with a greater understanding of voice and the value of a narrator; strategies for incorporating technical research into your writing; fresh material and writing prompts; and personalized peer feedback on your work.

Plus, participants will:

  • Receive links to pre-workshop readings that will help us have richer discussions on the day of the workshop;
  • Evaluate the current structures and voices found in illness and disability narratives to find untold stories;
  • Practice exploratory writing to develop and find your own voice;
  • Share personalized reading recommendations and leave with a curated list of books on writing disability;
  • Reclaim the illness metaphor through writing prompts and review of influential texts, including the instructor’s new book, Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System.

All workshop participants should bring a two-page sample of a work-in-progress or a finished piece to share in small groups.

*Please note any accessibility needs (including diet, scents, and mobility) when registering. The workshop schedule includes a midday break for lunch at area restaurants, but boxed lunches can be provided for a nominal fee and a kitchenette (with refrigerator) is available on-site for packed lunches.

Get writing ›
Space is limited.

Saturday, August 12 // 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
$105 (registration closes at 11:59 pm EST on August 10)

Sep 30
Who’s Telling Your Life Story?
Narrating Your Memoir with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

The memoirist is asked to play many roles simultaneously—that of the author (you, sitting at the keyboard), the character (younger you, in the scenes you are recollecting), and the narrator. This last role is both the slipperiest and perhaps the most important. Discover what a strong narrator can give an author in this daylong workshop that ends with a series of writing and revision exercises. Learn more ›

New to our writing programs? Save $50 on your first workshop when you use discount code FIRST50 during checkout.


Sep 12
How to Write About Beer
A Workshop in Descriptive Writing (& Beer Drinking) with Kenny Gould

Hop Culture magazine's editor in chief and cofounder, Kenny Gould, will walk you through a flight of beer at the East End Brewing Company, discussing the skills necessary to easily and effectively write a piece of publishable food or drink writing. Plus, of course, beer.

Oct 21
The Art of Remembering
How to Write About the Past with Kelly Grey Carlisle

Memory isn’t always accurate, and sometimes it fails us completely. What can we do when we can’t remember? This workshop focuses on correcting the wobbles and gaps in a memoirist’s recollection.

Mar 31, 2018
Looking Back, Moving Forward
Writing About Grief, Loss & Trauma 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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Don't live in the Pittsburgh area but want to work with CNF to take your writing to the next level? Our 5-, 8-, and 10-week online classes start four times a year and have helped more than 2,500 writers tell their stories better.


Sep 11
Exploring the Boundaries (section of CNF)
What we’re looking for: Ambitious writing that pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules.
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Oct 23
Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize (full manuscripts wanted)
What’s on the line: $10,000 plus publication and national distribution.
What we're looking for: A book-length manuscript focusing on a subject of regional and national significance, by a writer with a meaningful Pittsburgh connection.
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Nov 6
Risk (a special issue of CNF)
What’s on the line: $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up.
What we’re looking for: True stories illustrating ways we balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain. Subjects could be big or small, personal or public. We’re especially interested in intersections between deeply personal decisions and those that affect larger communities.
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Questions? Email us at information@creativenonfiction.org or call us at (412) 404-2975.