Webinars hosted by CNF


Webinars are a convenient and affordable way to learn practical writing, revision, and publishing skills. Our professional instructors offer inspiration, suggestions for further reading, and concrete, actionable tips that can help you tackle new projects or revisit works-in-progress with a fresh eye. Programs range from the basics to the book proposal, offering choices for writers at all levels of experience.

Join a webinar in real-time and take part in the conversation. Afterward, the recording will be shared as a resource you can return to again and again.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinars are open to writers at all levels. New webinars are announced regularly, so check back often or sign up for our newsletter.

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Webinars run Wednesday at 2 pm eastern time


Balancing the Exterior and Interior in Memoir  Jan 27th
How to Write Your Life Story
Webinar presentation with Ira Sukrungruang

Facing Down Our Fears  | Feb 3rd
Writing What Haunts Us
Webinar presentation with Mylène Dressler

Weaving a Stronger Web   Feb 19th*
Expanding the Impact of Your Personal Story with Research
Webinar presentation with Heather Lanier

Heartbeats   Feb 24th
Using a Scene's Emotional Rhythm to Build Momentum and Captivate Readers and Agents
Webinar presentation with Lisa Ellison


Past Webinars

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Time Traveling
The Magical Powers of the Memoir Narrator
Webinar presentation with Judith Barrington

Sharing the Spotlight
How to Write Someone Else's Story
Webinar presentation with Joe Oestreich

52 Snapshots
A Memoir Starter Kit for the New Year
Webinar presentation with Sonja Livingston

How to Navigate the Lit Mag Landscape
And Find the Right Home for Your Work
Webinar presentation with Hattie Fletcher

They Walk! They Talk!
Secrets to Writing Engaging Characters and Vivid Dialogue
Webinar presentation with Dinty W. Moore

Writing About Childhood
Making Your Experiences Compelling to Adult Readers
Webinar presentation with Julie Marie Wade

Embodying Memory
The Six Senses of Creative Nonfiction
Webinar presentation with Brenda Miller

How to Write What Scares You
Without Scaring Away Readers
Webinar presentation with Heather Sellers

How to Write About Your Sex Life
Without Making Your Reader Cringe and/or Horrifying Friends and Family
Webinar presentation with Steph Auteri

No, You Don't Need To Be On Twitter
And Other Uncommon Advice fro Connecting with Readers
Webinar presentation with Stephen Knezovich

The Science of Scene
Time Perception, Neuroscience, and Story
Webinar presentation with Sean Prentiss

Not Just Cliffhangers
Ways to Build Suspense in Creative Nonfiction
Webinar presentation with Sharon Harrigan

First, Do No Harm
Writing About Journeys Other Than Your Own

Webinar presentation with Deesha Philyaw

Cosmic Zoom 
Finding the Bigger Story
Webinar presentation with Adriana Ramirez

Writing Through the Lens
Thinking like a Photographer to Craft More Compelling Scenes

Webinar presentation with Grace Hwang Lynch

Writing Through Challenging Times 
How to Maintain your Creativity in an Uncertain World
Webinar presentation with Lisa Ellison

Beyond the ME in Memoir  
How to Write, Revise, and Publish Your Personal Essays and Memoirs
Webinar presentation with Lise Funderburg

Writing About Family
Hidden Pitfalls and Proven Strategies

Webinar presentation with Mieke Eerkens

Sharing Culture through Food Writing
How to Use Food to Examine History and Community
Webinar presentation with Jessica Kehinde Ngo

The Key to Freelance Success? Focus! 
The Three P’s: Positioning, Packaging, and Pricing
Webinar presentation with Jane Friedman

Borrowing Forms to Jump-Start Creativity
Reestablish the Joy of Playing with Language
Webinar presentation with Patrick Madden

How to Better Reach Your Audience Online
Increasing your visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Webinar presentation with Dorit Sasson

When Is It Okay to Laugh? 
How to use humor in creative nonfiction
Webinar presentation with Shannon Reed

The Power of Story  
Finding the river of meaning in your memoir or essay
Webinar presentation with Dinty W. Moore

Making the Most of the First Page  
Establish voice, create trust, and show what is at stake in the memoir
Webinar presentation with Kase Johnstun

The Personal Political
Write about social and political issues without sounding like a pundit
Webinar presentation with Jaswinder Bolina

Revision Made Simple(r)
Sometimes, revision can be tougher than facing a blank page
Webinar presentation with Marty Levine

Your Life in 70 Words (or Less)
Where to start, what to include & what to leave out
Webinar presentation with Paula Carter

Professional Development During the Pause
A structured clean up of your professional & promotional development tool kit
Webinar presentation with Chelsea Biondolillo

Byline Boot Camp
Everything you need to know to get your short nonfiction published
Webinar presentation with Melissa Petro

Crash Course in Creative Nonfiction
Everything you need to know to start writing your true story
Webinar presentation with Jenna McGuiggan

Opening Boxes
Stories in Everyday Objects
Webinar presentation with Yvette Benavides

Strategies for Writing about Death, Loss & Grief
Telling a universal story that will resonate with readers
Webinar presentation with Eleanor Vincent

Write Your Nonfiction Book Proposal
Step by step with Jane Friedman

Personal Essay Crash Course
Everything you need to know to start writing your true story
Webinar presentation with Jenna McGuiggan

Object as Subject
Writing inspired by what you hold
Webinar presentation with Megan Volpert

Tame the Beast
How to focus and frame your unwieldy story
Webinar presentation with Aaron Shulman

The Magical Marketing Trifecta 
Perfecting your author website, email newsletter & social network
Webinar presentation with Jane Friedman

Writing the Tough Stuff
A free, online session, open to anyone, on writing about grief, loss, & trauma
Webinar presentation with Jessica Handler

Refund and cancellation policies 

By 5pm ET one week prior to start date:

  • Students may request a full refund or a transfer credit. Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.
  • No refunds or transfers will be offered after this deadline.

Questions? Please contact our director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates[AT]creativenonfiction.org.