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Upcoming at Creative Nonfiction | January 2019

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.


The Creative Nonfiction Writers Fellowship
A 10-part intensive workshop series for 10 experienced writers.

Are you a published nonfiction writer who wants to continue to hone your craft, expand your professional development skills, and find inspiration to tackle more ambitious stories while building a community of support? This advanced workshop series—which runs from March 9 - May 14—is for creative nonfiction writers with a Pittsburgh connection.

Programming will include finding creative solutions for funding; introductions to institutional resources such as research tools and tech support; hands-on skill-building exercises on craft, self-promotion, pitching and submissions, public speaking, and managing your small business; in-depth, behind-the-scenes discussions of the publishing industry; and one-on-one mentoring. Participants will also have access to CNF’s online course platform for ongoing discussions.

Learn more / apply ›
Applications due 11:59 pm EST, Monday, January 14


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

If novels are fiction and poems are, well, poetry, then what are memoirs? What about essays, narrative journalism, and so many of the true stories that we love?

From books to magazine articles to podcasts, creative nonfiction stories surround us. 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.

During this workshop you will:

  • LEARN about the history and scope of creative nonfiction;
  • DISCOVER the genre through a variety of examples;
  • EXPLORE the building blocks of telling great true stories;
  • START writing using prompts; and
  • DISCUSS resources for future learning, reading, and writing.

The workshop is open to writers of all levels. 

Reserve your spot ›

Saturday, January 19 // 1 pm - 4 pm
Creative Nonfiction Foundation // 5119 Coral Street
$25 (if purchased by 1/7; $35 after)

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. Winter courses start January 7. 


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.