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Upcoming at Creative Nonfiction | October 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.


Oct 13
Truly Funny
Writing Your Story, Humorously with Shannon Reed

A little humor can enliven nonfiction writing, and true stories can offer support to humor. This workshop with humorist and New Yorker “Shouts and Murmurs” contributor Shannon Reed will explore both of these angles.

First, you’ll learn the fundamentals of writing humor and begin to craft funny pieces together and individually. Then, you’ll look at how the same ideas can be applied in nonfiction writing.

Many nonfiction writers would like to incorporate humor into their writing, but worry that only natural comedians can write funny. That’s not true! This course will guide you through the fundamentals of writing humor, proving that it is both a craft and an art. You’ll also gain tools to help incorporate humor in your own writing, including the ability to sense when it might help and to understand what kind of humor would be appropriate to include.

During this workshop you will:

  • EXPLORE the fundamentals of writing humor;
  • COLLABORATE in writing humor in approachable styles;
  • DISCUSS the role humor can play in nonfiction; and
  • WRITE a new piece of work that incorporates humor.

The workshop is open to writers of all levels. 

Reserve your spot ›

Saturday, October 13 // 10 am - 3:00 pm
Creative Nonfiction Foundation // 5119 Coral Street

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 ›


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 ›

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 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 ›

Feb 25, 2019
NEW! 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: Intoxication, Home, Sex, and Games. View guidelines ›

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