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.
June 22nd, 2019
Creative Nonfiction Crash Course
Everything you need to know to start writing your true story
If novels are fiction and poems are, well, poetry, then what are memoirs? What about essays, narrative journalism, and so many of the true stories that we love? From books to magazine articles to podcasts, creative nonfiction stories surround us.This seminar and workshop will introduce you to the history of the genre and show you how to use the building blocks of creative nonfiction—including scene, character, dialogue, and reflection—to write your own true stories.
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June 29th & July 6th, 2019
Audio Essay Boot Camp
Multi-week on-site seminar and workshop
In this two-part, hands-on workshop led by Erin Anderson, you’ll explore this burgeoning medium and learn how to bring new life to your writing. In the first workshop, we’ll use focused listening exercises to discuss techniques used on podcasts like UnFictional and This American Life, including approaches to style, structure, performance, sound design, and scoring. You’ll use the week between workshops to produce your own recordings, then return for a hands-on lesson in audio editing basics, when you’ll also learn to cut and layer your narration with music and effects.
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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.
Want to study with Creative Nonfiction from the comfort of home? Check out our current online class offerings.