About

Publishing. Education. Community.

Creative Nonfiction began more than 25 years ago with the first quarterly journal devoted exclusively to creative nonfiction writing, and it continues to set the standard for the genre.

CNF is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our readers and writers. Today, our publishing and educational programming includes writing courses for all levels, magazines, books, conferences, workshops, and more.

Creative Nonfiction Magazine

Creative Nonfiction is the voice of the genre. Every issue is packed with original work that blends style with substance; writing that pushes the traditional boundaries of the genre; notes on craft; micro-essays; conversations with writers and editors; insights and commentary from CNF editor Lee Gutkind; and more. Simply put, CNF demonstrates the depth and versatility of the genre it has helped define for more than 25 years.


CNF Education

Since 2011, Creative Nonfiction’s education programs have helped thousands of writers from all over the world tell their stories better. From online classes to webinars, all year round, CNF offers a variety of ways you can connect with the broader creative nonfiction community and learn new skills, generate new writing, stay focused, and create your best work.


The Creative Nonfiction Foundation

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation inspires and supports writers of true stories by providing publishing venues and educational opportunities for a diverse range of creative nonfiction writing and writers; serves as a strong advocate for the genre, helping define the ethics and parameters of the field; and aims to broaden the genre’s impact not only in the publishing world but also in the arts, humanities, and sciences.


True Story

True Story is a home for longform nonfiction narratives. Each pocket-size issue showcases one exceptional essay by one exceptional writer. From issue to issue, this new mini-magazine features the widest possible variety of voices and styles and subjects.


In Fact Books

In Fact Books is a book imprint supported by the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. In Fact Books titles share the magazine’s mission of creating an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives on a wide variety of topics and real-life experiences. 


Good news for subscribers to Creative Nonfiction magazine!

All current print magazine subscribers (Creative Nonfiction and/or True Story) also have access to our entire digital archive. That’s nearly 30 years’ worth of true stories, well told! 

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