Creative Nonfiction Crash Course

Everything you need to know to start writing your true story.

A workshop and webinar by Jenna McGuiggan
Saturday, June 22 at 1pm

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 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. No writing experience is necessary.

During this workshop you will:

• LEARN about the history and scope of creative nonfiction;
• DISCOVER the genre through a variety of examples;
• EXPLORE the building blocks of telling great true stories; and
• BEGIN writing a piece of creative nonfiction.

The workshop is open to writers of all levels. 

There are two options for attending Creative Nonfiction Crash Course:

On-site at Creative Nonfiction

Online via Webinar

1 pm - 4:00 pm 

$25 if registered by 6/17/2019* 
$35 if registered after 6/17/2019

Join us in-person »
Space is limited to 25 attendees


1 pm - 2:15 pm EST

$12 if registered by 6/17/2019
$15 if registered after 6/17/2019

Attend online »


* In-person session includes an extended discussion and writing exercise PLUS a copy of True Stories, Well Told.

Location // 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

The lower level of our workshop and gallery space is wheelchair accessible. Free on-street parking is available.

Doors open at 12 pm, event begins at 1 pm. Snacks, coffee & tea will be provided.

Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan's essays have appeared in the Rappahannock Review, Essay Daily, Flycatcher, New World Writing, and on the blogs of Prairie Schooner and Brevity. Her work has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and chosen as a finalist in contests from Prime Number Magazine, Hunger Mountain, and the Orison Anthology. Jenna received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is currently writing a book of linked essays that explore longing and belonging, from where we live to what we believe.