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Upcoming at Creative Nonfiction | December 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.


Dec 7
First Fridays on Penn Avenue (& Coral Street)

Join Creative Nonfiction for our holiday open house and book market featuring Karen's Book Row. During the December art crawl, our space will be your one-stop-shop for picking up Pittsburgh writers' books, enjoying holiday libations, and mingling with local authors. Invite the gang and come hang with ours!

Karen’s Book Row specializes in feminist fiction, LGBT lit, African American authors, international lit, and counterculture reads. During the CNF Holiday Book Market, the bookstand will have a spotlight on memoir and other nonfiction.

PLUS: DIY gift wrapping, a photo booth, & free booze and food.

Friday, December 7 // 6 pm - 10 pm
Creative Nonfiction Foundation // 5119 Coral Street


Dec 8
Finding & Shaping Your True Story
A daylong workshop with Nancy McCabe

Many of us have important personal stories to tell, but how do we transform interesting anecdotes or fragmentary episodes into fully realized pieces of writing that will engage and move readers? Join instructor and memoirist Nancy McCabe in exploring techniques to find the story you’re really trying to tell.

Storytelling principles dating back to Aristotle’s time still inform our creative nonfiction and fiction and can help us bring our experience to life and make it meaningful to readers. Through discussion, examples, writing exercises, and critique in a supportive setting, we’ll work on telling the truths of our lives using these storytelling principles as a framework. Participants are welcome to bring a work-in-progress or to start a new piece from scratch.

During this workshop you will:

  • EXPLORE your experiences for moments of transformation;
  • REVIEW the principles of narrative structure by discussing some short professional models and focusing on conflict, complication, and change;
  • IDENTIFY inciting incidents, conflicts, questions, and issues at stake for the narrator;
  • GENERATE sections, scenes, and an outline of your narrative arc; and
  • SHARE portions of your writing with the group in a supportive critique session.

The workshop is open to writers of all levels.

Reserve your spot ›

Saturday, December 8 // 10 am - 4:30 pm
Creative Nonfiction Foundation // 5119 Coral Street

Jan 19
Creative Nonfiction Crash Course
Everything You Need to Know to Start Writing Your True Story

This seminar will introduce you to the history of the genre and show you how to use the building blocks of creative nonfiction—including scene, character, dialogue, and reflection—to write your own true stories. No writing experience is necessary. Learn more ›

Feb 9 & 16
Experiments in Audio
Adapting Essays for the Ear

With the growth of podcasting, the personal essay has undergone a kind of renaissance. But what do audio essays require of us as writers? How can we best exploit the spokenness of the medium—and the potential of sound itself? In this two-part, hands-on workshop led by Erin Anderson, you’ll explore ways of bringing new life to your writing in this burgeoning medium. Learn more ›

Feb 23 & Mar 2
Revision Boot Camp
Build Your Writer's Toolbox with Marissa Landrigan

Writing classes often emphasize the significance of revision to the writing process, but what does that actually mean? In this intensive workshop, you’ll study examples of revised essays from published writers and participate in weekly discussions of the revision process, with the goal of better understanding how revision happens and how to keep your work moving forward. Between sessions, you’ll implement changes to an already-drafted essay using the many revision prompts we’ll explore together. Learn more ›


Don't live in the Pittsburgh area but want to work with CNF to take your writing to the next level? Our 5- and 10-week online classes start four times a year and have helped more than 2,700 writers tell their stories better.


Jan 11
NEW! The Creative Nonfiction Writers Fellowship
A ten-part intensive workshop series for ten experienced nonfiction writers. Hone your craft, expand your professional development skills, and find inspiration to tackle more ambitious stories while building a community of support in this advanced workshop series. Learn more / apply ›


Feb 25, 2019
Memoir (a special issue of Creative Nonfiction)
What's on the line: $2,500 for best essay; two $500 prizes for runner-up
What we’re looking for: New work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir. Be honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most important—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it's about you and your life, we want to read it. 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 ›

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