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Upcoming at Creative Nonfiction | August 2018

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 one (or all) of these exciting events.


Aug 3
First Fridays on Penn Avenue (& Coral Street)

Join us this Friday for readings in our courtyard by recent workshop graduates and a meet and greet with Brenda Stumpf, the cover artist for Creative Nonfiction #67: "Starting Over," whose work will be on display.

Plus, receive an exclusive First Friday coupon to save 50% on a subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine, and pick up the summer issue. Huzzah!

Friday, August 3 // 6 pm - 9 pm
Creative Nonfiction Foundation // 5119 Coral Street


Aug 18
Finding Family
Writing the Adoption Experience with Lori Jakiela

Adoption is often loaded with secrecy and, in some cases, guilt and shame, and breaking the silence can feel taboo for adoptees, birth families, and adoptive families.

This daylong workshop is for anyone whose life has been touched by adoption. Using a combination of lectures and writing exercises, Lori Jakiela—author of an award-winning adoption memoir—will help you explore your experiences and forge healing pathways to your own stories and complicated truths.

During this workshop you will:

  • ENGAGE with short pieces by other authors writing about the adoption experience;
  • LEARN narrative craft techniques and complete prompts designed to jump-start your personal writing;
  • SHARE your own work and stories in a supportive workshop environment; and
  • DISCOVER places to publish your work and ways to engage with a broader adoption community.

This workshop is open to writers of all levels.

Reserve your spot ›
Register by August 13 & save 25%

Saturday, August 18 // 10 am - 4:30 pm
Creative Nonfiction Foundation // 5119 Coral Street
$79 (if purchased by 8/13; $105 after)

Aug 25
The Writer as Detective
Investigate & Solve Your Story with Doug Swanson

Historians, biographers, and other nonfiction writers are only as good as their material. From investigative journalism to historical research, and whether they’re pursuing a contemporary subject or looking for inside dope on someone who died 100 years ago, successful writers know how to dig deep for the essential and telling facts. This workshop will give you the tools you need to track down records and information that can hold the key to your story. Learn more ›

Nov 3
Excavating Memory
Thinking like an Archaeologist to Reveal New Literary Material 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. Learn more ›

New to our writing programs? Save 50% on your first workshop when you use discount code WORKSHOP50 during checkout.

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 2,650 writers tell their stories better.


Nov 19
Games (a special issue of Creative Nonfiction)
What we’re looking for: True stories about the role of games and play in our everyday lives, the ways our society integrates games, and especially games whose impact transcends entertainment and changes us in ways outside of the gaming context. View guidelines ›

True Story (monthly mini-magazine)
What it is: Each issue of True Story features one exceptional work of creative nonfiction, distributed in print and digitally.
What we're looking for: Previously unpublished works of narrative nonfiction between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject, in any style. Surprise us! View guidelines ›

Pitch Us a Column (for Creative Nonfiction magazine)
What we're looking for: Have an idea for a literary timeline? An opinion on essential texts for readers and/or writers? An in-depth, working knowledge of a specific type of nonfiction? Pitch us your ideas. We're always accepting query letters for the non-essay sections of the magazine. We're especially interested in pitches related to upcoming themes: Intoxication, Home, Sex, and Games. View guidelines ›


Aug 15
Fall Internships
Want to work with us at CNF? We are currently looking for fall interns and volunteers. The deadline to apply is August 15. Details here ›

Questions? Email us at information@creativenonfiction.org or call us at (412) 404-2975.