Write 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 with hands-on instruction and inspiration 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 an alert.


Now Enrolling

Thursdays (January 11, 18, 25, February 1, and 8)
Writing Outside the Lines
Experimental Forms & Processes in Creative Nonfiction with Lori Jakiela

There are many ways to tell stories that are true. This interactive five-workshop series will help you break through traditional essay structures and find new forms that best match your story. 
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March 31, 2018
Looking Back, Moving Forward
Writing About Grief, Loss & Trauma with Jessica Handler

Writing well about loss requires more than capturing slippery memories on the page. Through this craft-focused workshop, students will explore strategies for writing about loss and trauma in pursuit of insight, wholeness, and connection with their readers. 
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Opening Soon

Tuesdays (Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, and 13)
Roots & Branches: Writing Your Family Tree
A five-workshop series on memoir and writing about family with Sarah Shotland

We don’t get to choose our families; but when we write our family's stories, we do get to make choices about how we frame, represent, embrace, and challenge the family histories we’ve been told, discovered, or remember. In this five-week workshop, we’ll dig deep to hit the roots of our family trees and write the stories that we can pass down to the next generation.
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Winter/Spring 2018
Travel Writing 101
A day-long workshop on crafting and publishing travel stories with Anjali Sachdeva

The best travel writing allows readers to see a familiar place in a new way, vicariously experience somewhere they may never visit, or reflect on larger ideas through the lens of travel experiences. In this one-day workshop we'll discuss the skills essential for engaging and moving travel writing.
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Spring 2018
Who’s Telling Your Life Story?
A day-long workshop on narrating your memoir with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Through a combination of instruction, writing exercises, and guided study, participants will discover what a strong narrator can give an author—and, equally important, when the narrator should step back and allow the character to come to the forefront.
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*Please note that all workshops are hosted in-person at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation’s office, located at 5119 Coral Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. 

Questions? Please contact our Events and Building Manager, Lauren Boehm, at  boehm@creativenonfiction.org. You can also review our cancellation and refund policies here.

Want to study with Creative Nonfiction from the comfort of home? Check out our current online class offerings.