2023 Conference Overview

We’re thrilled to reveal some of the program details for CNFC’s 2023 conference. More speakers and sessions to come. Information will be posted as it becomes available. Early bird tickets go on sale February 8th, 2023.


This year’s conference on May 26-28, 2023 will be a hybrid event.

  • In-person sessions will take place at the University of King’s College in Halifax/Kjipuktuk, Nova Scotia.

  • The virtual event will combine live-streamed, Zoom-only and recorded sessions.

Keynote address:

  • How to use your own history and themes in writing nonfiction, with Donna Morrissey
  • Graphic recording by Susan MacLeod

Master classes:

  • From Fiction to Nonfiction, with Donna Morrissey
  • Drill Down into Editing, with Kathy Mac
  • The importance of nonfiction research in writing biography, with Stephen Kimber and Jon Tattrie
  • Storytelling through SOULO theatre, with Tracey Erin Smith
  • ZOOM ONLY: Using the Tools of Poetry in Memoir, with Yvonne Blomer

Workshops and panels:

  • Essay Writing for Literary Journals, with Virginia Boudreau, AnnMarie MacKinnon and Katherine Barrett
  • Eco-writing and Memoir, with Harry Thurston and Brian Bartlett
  • How to research and write with authenticity for young adults, with Chad Lucas and Andre Fenton
  • Going pro. What to know about Promotion & PR with Jane Doucet and Janice Landry
  • Honouring the Past in Storytelling: One Size Doesn’t Fit All with Susan MacLeod, Katie Ingram and Michelle Sylliboy
  • Writing about History, Culture and Social Justice, with Dr. Afua Cooper and Wanda Taylor
  • Writing Crip and Mad Stories: Practical Ways to Avoid the “Inspiration Porn” Trap, with Laura MacGregor and Amy Panton
  • Vulnerability in Women’s Nonfiction: Transforming Shame into Empowerment, with Michelle Doyle and Lana Hall

In Conversation:

  • The legacy and impact of Environmental Racism with Deborah Carr and Dr. Ingrid Waldron


  • Banquet and Literary Café with attendee readings
  • CNFC/HLR 2023 contest winner announcement

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