Help CNF Help Writers!
Creative Nonfiction’s reach is wide: Creative Nonfiction and True Story magazines have subscribers in 22 countries; students have taken our online courses from as far away as Rwanda, Indonesia, and Kuwait; and our annual writers’ conference has attracted attendees from Honolulu and London.
But as we look forward to 2018, our thoughts are close to home. One of our biggest initiatives over the past year or so has been building a stronger presence in our hometown of Pittsburgh. The cornerstone of this effort is our workshop and event space in the Bloomfield neighborhood of the city, just a block removed from a developing arts corridor.
We want this space to be a hub for literary activity—a welcoming and friendly place where nonfiction writers and enthusiasts can gather, network, and learn.
In 2017, we offered 10 in-house workshops, tackling creative challenges from flash essays to writing fresh and frank narratives about chronic illness and disability. More than 100 writers attended in all—many from Pittsburgh, but also from as far away as West Virginia, New York, and Texas.
Like our robust schedule of online courses, our in-house workshops are discussion oriented, interactive, and engaging. Our instructors are all carefully vetted, and we work hard to make sure everyone has a good experience.
In 2018, we hope to offer at least twice as many workshops, as well as more readings, open houses, and community engagement events. The core of our programming will always be publishing exceptional true stories and we will continue to expand our national presence with events in other cities, but more broadly, CNF’s mission is to help writers at any level tell their true stories better. That mission drives everything we do, from the magazines to our online courses to our mentoring program to our annual conference.
One of the great pleasures of having a physical space, open to the public, has been the chance to interact on a regular basis with our local writing community, our readers and subscribers, students, and even CNF contributors passing through town on book tour. True, in this age of the internet and social media, we are in some ways more connected than ever, but there’s no substitute for talking face to face and spending uninterrupted time together, even if it’s just for a few hours.
I hope you’ll consider making a gift to help support CNF’s educational programming—not only our on-site workshops and community events, but also our online courses, mentoring program, internships, and annual writers’ conference.
We couldn't do any of this without help from our friends. As you may know, CNF is a small nonprofit organization, and we depend on the generosity of those who know us best—that means individuals like you!
Give by mail:
Creative Nonfiction Foundation
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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