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Upcoming at Creative Nonfiction | November 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.


Nov 4 & Nov 8
Writing the Tough Stuff
A free online seminar with Jessica Handler

Creative Nonfiction magazine was born on a dining room table in Squirrel Hill almost a quarter-century ago, and we are heartbroken following the tragic events at the Tree of Life synagogue this past weekend. We're grieving with our community in the wake of this devastating event.

It’s hard to find words right now, but we know that stories can help us heal, so we are offering a free, online session, open to anyone, on writing about grief, loss, and trauma.

This one-hour session will run twice; space is limited.

Sunday, November 4 // 7 pm EST
Thursday, November 8 // 7 pm EST

Sorry, both sessions are full.

Join the waitlist ›




Nov 2
First Fridays on Penn Avenue (& Coral Street)

Join us for a Friday night of free screenings of documentaries by local Pittsburgh filmmakers, curated by Will Zavala of DocSalon. 

From Uganda to coal country, crows to mirrors, the evening's lineup* includes:

  • "Ritual & Relic: The Art of Brenda Stumpf" by Laura Boyd
  • "Crows: Who Knows?" by Marilyn Caldrone
  • "The Furor in Coal Country" by Lenny Flatley
  • "A Sign Eclipsed" by Ashu Kumar
  • "Musical Energy" by Elnora Balser
  • "Connie Amongi, Bright Kids Uganda" by Pauline Greenlick
  • "Reflexions" by Tony Buba

*This is a drop-in event, and the program will repeat starting at 6, 7, and 8 pm.

PLUS: Help us celebrate the latest issue of Creative Nonfiction (#68: "Risk") and check out photography by the issue's featured visual artist, Maranie Rae Staab. Added bonus: Popcorn and free booze. 

Friday, November 2 // 6 pm - 9 pm
Creative Nonfiction Foundation // 5119 Coral Street


Nov 3
Excavating Memory
Think like an Archaeologist & Reveal New Literary Material

When writing a 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 historical 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. Drawing from her seven-year experience as a technician at Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park Archeology Laboratory, novelist and essayist Elizabeth Mosier demonstrates how an archaeological approach can bring fresh insight to the writer’s craft.

During this workshop you will:

  • LEARN how to “read” objects;
  • EXPAND and gain a new perspective on your work by incorporating material culture into your personal narrative;
  • PRACTICE paying attention to small things that tell larger stories;
  • USE documents to connect objects to people and develop stories; and
  • IDENTIFY potential topics for further exploration.

The workshop is open to writers of all levels. 

Reserve your spot ›

Saturday, November 3 // 10 am - 4:30 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. Learn more ›

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 23 & Mar 2, 2019
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 ›

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- and 10-week online classes start four times a year and have helped more than 2,700 writers tell their stories better.


Nov 1 - Dec 3
Write Your Memoir Month
Announcing NaMeWriMo!

Why should fiction writers get all the support this month? We’re declaring November National Memoir Writing Month. Long live NaMeWriMo! Since 2011, Creative Nonfiction’s online courses have helped thousands of writers tell their stories better. Let us help you stay motivated and inspired through our first-ever self-guided course!

Patterned after our popular Thirty-Minute Memoir course, this self-guided course is designed to help break the potentially overwhelming task of writing a memoir into manageable daily writing assignments. Each week’s lessons, revealed on Mondays, will focus on a different aspect of memoir writing, from opening chapters to scenes involving dialogue. Daily writing prompts will keep you motivated and moving ahead with your project. 

Reserve your spot



Nov 15
Intern at CNF! 
We’re looking for one or two spring interns. Typical tasks include managing incoming submissions, corresponding with writers and subscribers, filling customer orders, basic office tasks, fact-checking and research, data management, and other tasks. Prospective candidates should be outstanding seniors, grad students, or postgraduate students, and applicants are encouraged to work with their school to get credit. Learn more / apply ›

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 ›


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 ›

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 ›

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: Home, Sex, and Games. View guidelines ›

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