Online Classes

Our online classes give you the opportunity to learn on a flexible schedule that fits your needs. Participants receive personal feedback from their instructors on each assignment as well as peer interactions throughout the class. All instructors are university professors and/or working professional writers. Firm deadlines and feedback help keep you writing and improving your work throughout the class.

Whether you're just starting out or are looking for an advanced class to help you refine and polish your work, we have a course for you. Classes are offered Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer term.

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Self-Guided Courses

Weekly lessons and regular writing prompts on a variety of subjects designed to keep you motivated and moving ahead with your project.

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Learn from the comfort of your home or office with our online seminars covering every aspect of the writing life in real time, from writing to revision to publishing – all taught by leading experts in the field.

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Manuscript Review Program

Writers at every level can use guidance when it comes to shaping and refining work. This program is designed to help you with a project that needs an honest read, an unbiased opinion, and a healthy dose of constructive criticism.

If you have a piece you’ve been working on but don’t know how to finish, or if you want some valuable feedback before submitting your work for publication, the CNF manuscript review program is a great opportunity to get insight from a working professional writer.

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On-Site Writing Workshops

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 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Each workshop, whether five weeks or a few hours, will teach you long-lasting strategies and skills to apply to your personal and professional writing practices. 

We are not hosting in-person writing workshops at this time.

The CNF Writers' Conference

Practical advice. Meaningful insights. Lasting connections.

Make connections that can energize and change your writing life at the Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference. Every spring in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

Join us for an exploration of the art, craft, and business of writing true stories with sessions led by published authors, professional editors, seasoned journalists, and down-to-earth instructors.

The CNFWC is on hiatus.