"The stories we tell have to matter--not only personally, but to the world at large." –Lee Gutkind, founding editor

How We Teach

Issue #63, Spring 2017

Our spring issue, Creative Nonfiction #63: “How We Teach,” reaches far beyond the traditional classroom. Contributors travel to the kitchen, to rehab centers, to the dentist’s office, and as far as Saudi Arabia in these stories about making a meaningful impact.

Plus, immersion artist Ted Conover on the importance of talking with people on the other side of the political divide; Sheryl St. Germain’s argument for broadening the scope of the creative writing MFA; teaching writing in twenty minutes a day; tiny truths; and more.

Read Now

What's the Story #63 Lee Gutkind

There's something about focusing on the basics that can inspire innovation and transformation. read more

Diving Deep Joanne B. Mulcahy

Serial immersionist Ted Conover shares lessons from more than thirty years of participatory journalism. read more

Online Reading

Teaching, Writing, and Reflecting

Margaret Downey

A conversation with the winner of CNF’s "How We Teach" essay contest more

The Ink that Binds

Sheryl St. Germain

Could requiring community service help creative writing MFA programs become less elitist? more


What I Didn't Know

Edited by Lee Gutkind

A collection of riveting, funny, inspirational, and sometimes shocking stories that provide real insight into the hearts and minds of those who teach and those who have been taught. more


Online Classes

SUMMER COURSES START JUNE 26, 2017 and include classes on Science Writing for General Audiences, Experimental Forms, Flash Essays, Historical Narratives, Spiritual Writing, and Memoir Writing: Scene & Summary.  more




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