Writers Boot Camp at CNF

A 10-week, hybrid workshop with Bridgette Shade

Writers Boot Camp at CNF

Want to be added to the waitlist? Please email Yates[AT]creativenonfiction[DOT]org

Two of the biggest challenges writers face are keeping self-set deadlines and finding a group to keep them accountable and on track. We’ve designed a new 10-week boot camp that will help you on both fronts. This series of workshops combines our most popular online course with a weekly in-person workshop session at CNF on Thursday evenings.

NOTE: This course takes place online & onsite at our Pittsburgh location.

This hybrid course combines 10 weeks of online learning activities and writing prompts with 10 in-person workshop sessions. Online classroom opens April 15th, and in-person workshop sessions meet Thursdays, April 18th - June 27th from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

In this boot camp, you will build a daily writing habit, explore different craft elements of creative nonfiction, learn editing skills, and engage in the real world with a small group of like-minded writers.

Daily online writing prompts will give you the motivation and inspiration to keep writing, and our onsite weekly workshop will hold you accountable not only to your group and the instructor, but also to yourself. In the workshop, you will receive audience feedback on your writing and you will also learn to become a more thoughtful reader and critic, gaining a vocabulary for what works well and what does not. Each writer will be workshopped twice, and in the final week you will meet with the instructor for an individual conference to discuss your writing goals and possible next steps toward publishing.

After 10 weeks, if you've followed every writing prompt, you'll have an essay of between 6,000 and 12,000 words, or at least thirty passages to use as starting points for future essays.

This workshop is designed for writers from all backgrounds. Terrified beginners welcome.

Thursday, April 18 - June 27, 2019
6 pm - 7:30 pm

Advance registration strongly recommended.
The workshop is limited to 10 students.

Please enter your preferred contact email address and phone number at checkout as there may be some communication in the weeks leading up to the workshop.

$385 if registered by 04/08/2019
$435 if registered after 04/08/2019


Week 1 // Generating Ideas
Week 2 // Your writing life
Week 3 // Overcoming writer’s block
Week 4 // Stretching your limits
Week 5 // Review, re-mix, revise
Week 6 // Macro-editing
Week 7 // Micro-editing
Week 8 // Applying feedback
Week 9 // When is it finished?
Week 10 // Conference Week

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 5:30 pm, workshop begins at 6:00 pm. Light snacks, coffee & tea will be provided. 

Bridgette Shade’s story collection was a Finalist for the Flannery O’Conner Award for Short Fiction. A former fiction editor at WEAVE, she has also written for newspapers and nonprofits. Her work has been featured in a wide variety of anthologies and journals, most recently The Rumpus, Story Houston, and Big Muddy. Since 2004, she has been teaching writing with an emphasis on social justice in classrooms at Carlow University, Point Park University, Waynesburg University, and The University of Pittsburgh—where her students regularly change the world—one word at a time.

Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email director of education, Sharla Yates at yates[AT]creativenonfiction[DOT]org.