The CNFC Society strives to provide a variety programming that will promote innovation in Canadian creative nonfiction writing. Every year, we hold a conference to further deepen writers’ understanding of, and feeling for, the art, craft, and ethics of creative nonfiction, to continue to develop awareness of our organization among Canada’s cultural communities, to support our members, attract new ones, and to promote creative nonfiction as a whole.

Covid-19 has forced us all to become more creative in interactions and further embrace digital platforms. The CNFC is proud to announce our first series of monthly webinars! Over the next six months, we’ll host conversations and workshops with leading Canadian writers and tackle diverse topics.  From Finding the Story to Writing From a Mental Health Worldview, we’ll host thought-provoking sessions that may guide us as we write during these challenging times.

2021 CNFC Conference Update (October 2020)

When we cancelled our annual conference last March, we were optimistic that the world would go back to “normal” in a few months — that we would be able to host an in-person conference in 2021. Only seven months have passed, yet it feels like years. While we have learned more about COVID-19, there’s much we don’t understand about the virus and it continues to spread.

Our planned venue for May 2021 was the University of Toronto. However, they are not booking any 2021 events. In Toronto, and Ontario, a “second wave” of the virus is building. At CNFC, we are mindful of potential health risks to our presenters and participants if we attempt to gather a large group of people. Therefore, with an abundance of caution and concern for safety, we have decided to convert our May 2021 conference to a virtual format.

Currently, we are working through timing and logistics of programming. In addition to hosting a virtual conference in May 2021, we plan to present some parts of our original 2020 program as monthly webinars. This series will be available exclusively to CNFC members. The first session in November 2020 will be Ian Brown’s Finding the Story workshop. Stay tuned for more details!

Be safe and healthy as we continue to navigate the pandemic and this surreal time in the world.

Best regards,

Margaret Lynch

CNFC President

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