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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.


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Apr 20th, 2019
Tame the Beast
How to focus and frame your unwieldy story
On-site workshop and webinar presentation

We all have stories to tell. Often, however, we struggle at the outset of a new writing project to find ways to focus and make sense of the story we’re dying to tell. This session will help you land on the most effective and engaging way of framing and describing your story.
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May 25th, 2019
Crafting the Lyric Essay
On-site seminar and workshop

Join essayist Randon Billings Noble for an in-depth exploration of the lyric essay. What makes an essay “lyric”? What are the benefits of using imagery and intuition, rather than narrative and exposition, to explore a line of thought? In this workshop, we will discuss the possibilities and pleasures of the lyric essay.
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June 8th, 2019
Object as Subject
Writing inspired by what you hold
On-site workshop and webinar presentation

If your house were on fire and your loved ones were safe, you’d hastily spend a minute grabbing some random sentimental objects on your way out the door. All of us feel deep connections to some of the plainest objects in our lives: vinyl records, works of art, shoes, chairs, and so on. The image of these daily or popular items is often considered fodder for poetry, but it can also be a rich source of inspiration in prose. Creative nonfiction doesn’t have to be limited only to things that happen; it can also be about a thing you hold in your hand. An object is a great subject!
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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.