Write at CNF

Unique opportunities to connect with a passionate group of regional and visiting writers while exploring specific aspects of craft and gaining skills and strategies you need to succeed. Our experienced instructors and professionals can help you set goals, try out new techniques, receive feedback, and find motivation for your writing.

Take your writing to the next level with hands-on instruction and inspiration at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation's office, located in the arts-centered Garfield/Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Workshops are open to writers at all levels and new workshops are announced regularly, so check back often or sign up for an alert.


Upcoming Workshops

Summer & Fall 2017 at Creative Nonfiction*

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September 30
Who’s Telling Your Life Story?
Narrating your memoir with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

The memoirist is asked to play many roles simultaneously—that of the author (you, sitting at the keyboard), the character (younger you, in the scenes you are recollecting), and the narrator. This last role is both the slipperiest and perhaps the most important. There is so much for the narrator to do! But who is this crucial construct, and how do you find yours?
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October 14
Writing It Short
The Art of Flash Nonfiction with Sarah Shotland

Flash nonfiction may be brief, but that doesn't mean it's easy to write. Featuring a variety of exercises that will help you appreciate both the constraints and possibilities for creativity, this three-hour workshop is the perfect opportunity to experiment with this increasingly popular form.
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October 21
The Art of Remembering
How to Write About the Past with Kelly Grey Carlisle

Memory isn’t always accurate, and sometimes it fails us completely. What can we do when we can’t remember? This workshop focuses on correcting the wobbles and gaps in a memoirist’s recollection.
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Opening Soon

March 31, 2018
Looking Back, Moving Forward
Writing About Grief, Loss & Trauma with Jessica Handler

Writing well about loss requires more than capturing slippery memories on the page. Through this craft-focused workshop, students will explore strategies for writing about loss and trauma in pursuit of insight, wholeness, and connection with their readers.

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*Please note that all workshops are hosted in-person at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation’s office, located at 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. 

Questions? Please contact our Events and Building Manager, Lauren Boehm, at  boehm@creativenonfiction.org. You can also review our cancellation and refund policies here.

Want to study with Creative Nonfiction from the comfort of home? Check out our current online class offerings.