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Write Now 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 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 our newsletter (and select "Announcements" and "Online Classes).


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Feb. 9th & 16th, 2019
Experiments in Audio
Adapting Essays for the Ear

A multi-week workshop with Erin Anderson

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.
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Feb. 22nd, 2019
Just Write!
A Working Happy Hour at CNF

Start your weekend off just right by joining us at our office space for a writing session. In a little more than an hour, you’ll meet other writers, warm up with a free flow exercise or two, then get to it! Bring your laptop and/or notebook, and we’ll provide you with the time and space you need to get writing. We’ll also provide snacks and beverages. (Please feel free to BYOB—after all, it’s happy hour!)
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March 8th, 2019
The Magical Marketing Trifecta
Perfecting your author website, email newsletter & social network
presentation by publishing expert Jane Friedman

Time is one of the most precious things anyone has, so it’s a smart writer who asks, “Is this online marketing stuff really the best use of my time?” While it can be a highly subjective matter (every career has different needs and phases), this session with publishing maven Jane Friedman will help you stand back from the fray of confusing opinions that are out there, and stay focused on your own goals and strengths.
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Apr 18th - Jun. 27th, 2019
Writers Boot Camp at CNF
A 10-Week, Hybrid Workshop

Two of the biggest challenges writers face are keeping self-set deadlines and finding a group to keep them accountable and on track. We’ve designed a new 10-week boot camp that will help you on both fronts. This series of workshops combines our most popular online course with a weekly in-person workshop session at CNF on Thursday evenings.
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All workshops are hosted in-person at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation’s office, located at 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Please enter your preferred contact email address and phone number at checkout as there may be some necessary communication in the weeks leading up to the workshop.

Questions? Please contact our director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates@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.