Writing Workshops 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.


Upcoming Workshops

Summer & Fall 2017 at Creative Nonfiction*

Registration Now Open

Jun 24
Asking the Tough Questions
with Paul Guggenheimer

A great interview session will give you the in-depth information you need to create fully realized characters and narratives in your writing. Veteran radio and television host Paul Guggenheimer will help you practice and perfect interview techniques, whether you're interviewing on background or doing a long immersion project. Workshop is limited to 30 people. Learn more / Reserve your spot »

Jul 15
Get Out & Write!
Mini Mid-Summer Writing Retreat with Anjali Sachdeva

Writers are masters of procrastination. Whether we're trying to balance writing with work, family, or our own artistic doubts and misgivings, all too often our creative projects are pushed aside. Spend a day focusing on your writing, and leave with the tools and motivation that will keep you writing even after the class is over. Learn more / Reserve your spot »

Aug 12
Extraordinary Embodiment
Writing Disability & Chronic Illness with Sonya Huber

Illness and disability are universal human experiences. But too often written works about these experiences can be narrowly categorized into either medical freak shows or “inspirational” narratives. These constraints can shut down our creative work and our inquiry. And they leave too many stories untold. In this day-long workshop, we will discuss the expected frameworks for “writing the body” and how we can write into and against those expectations. Learn more / Reserve your spot »

Sep 30
Who’s Telling Your Life Story?
Narrating your memoir with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

The memoirist is asked to play many roles simultaneously—that of the author (you, sitting at the keyboard), the character (younger you, in the scenes you are recollecting), and the narrator. This last role is both the slipperiest and perhaps the most important. There is so much for the narrator to do! But who is this crucial construct, and how do you find yours? Learn more / Reserve your spot »


Opening Soon

Fall 2017
The Writer as Detective
How to Investigate Anyone and Anything with Doug Swanson

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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. 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.