All sessions are free for members. If your membership is expired or you wish to become part of our community, you can renew or join us by following the links on this page: https://creativenonfictioncollective.ca/join-the-cnfc/. The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) is a national organization for Canadian literary nonfiction writers that educates, supports, develops and promotes the CNF genre.

Upcoming Webinars

Welcome to the 2022-2023 season of CNFC webinars. We’re kicking it off with a thought-provoking discussion.

CNFC October 1 webinar What's wrong with History and Biography?Saturday October 1, 2022, 1:30 pm EST – “What’s Wrong with History and Biography?” 

Charlotte Gray asks Ken Whyte (publisher, Sutherland House) and Dan Wells (publisher, Biblioasis) about the state of “researched nonfiction” in Canada.

Registration is now open!


CHARLOTTE GRAY, one of Canada’s pre-eminent biographers and historians, has won many awards for her work, including the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writing. In ten bestsellers, including biographies Sisters in the Wilderness and Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life of Alexander Graham Bell and intriguing narratives such as The Museum Called Canada and The Massey Murder, she has brought our past to vivid life. Charlotte is a Member of the Order of Canada.

DAN WELLS calls himself “the accidental publisher.” But his company, Windsor-based literary press Biblioasis is a deliberate success, helped to reach its objectives by being loyal to writers and serving specific reader markets. The 14-year-old independent book publisher is thriving and publishes some 30 books each year, thanks to a slate of diverse Canadian and international writers who create audience-appealing materials that set Biblioasis apart.

KEN WHYTE founded Sutherland House in 2017, a Toronto-based publisher of non-fiction books for global English-language audiences. Specializing in narrative works of biography, memoir, history, business, culture, and current affairs, they will publish sixteen books in 2022. Whyte is an author and former editor in chief of Maclean’s magazine, editor of the monthly Saturday Night magazine, and founding editor of the National Post.

Past Webinars

Saturday April 9, 2022, 1:30 pm EST – How to become a CNFC Nonfiction Contest Winner with Becky Blake and Margaret Nowaczyk

Contests are a terrific way to share your words and promote your writing. Join us for a lively discussion with past CNFC nonfiction contest winners who will share their craft tips and contest submission approaches.

Saturday March 12, 2022, 1:30 pm EST – Earth’s Intelligence: Three Nature Writers on Writing, Wonder and Wilderness with Camille Dungy, Harry Thurston, and John Vaillant (moderated by Rachel Rose)

We gratefully acknowledge support of this webinar from the University of King’s College Halifax.

Wednesday January 12, 2022: How to Write Winning Applications for Writer Residencies and Grants – Elizabeth Philips and Andrew Steinmetz 

Everyone struggles with those intimidating application forms for grants and programs that can make all the difference in our writing projects. This session will demystify the process of applying for writer residencies and supporting your writing with Canada Arts Council grants.

December 11, 2021: Members’ Reading Event with Moderator Lesley Buxton

Join us  for the annual Members’ Book Launch Webinar, featuring CNFC members reading a short excerpt from their newly-released books. Listen to readings from fellow CNF writers with the chance to win a copy of their book!

November 13, 2021: Writing Partnerships: Find Your Perfect Match – Cooper Lee Bombardier, Moira Dann, and Fiona Tinwei Lam

Join us for a fascinating discussion of how writers work together, from one-on-one writing partnerships to writing groups to formal mentoring. Whether you’re looking to consult, collaborate or critique, find the model that works best for you by understanding the accountability, boundaries, and trust involved in these types of partnerships.

October 2, 2021: From Hermit Crabs to Talking Skeletons: Playing with Form in CNF – Darryl Whetter

Where formal innovation in contemporary English-language fiction is rare, CNF offers a vibrant subset of formal innovations in which, for example, your creative prose can engage in a dialogue with found or curated text, from family letters to legislation to medical documentation to how-to writing and more. Novelist, poet, journalist and memoirist Professor Darryl Whetter will present a workshop which introduces numerous examples and opportunities for you to splice other texts into your own while discovering new modes of creativity and new opportunities for making nonfiction creative.

March 20, 2021:  The Art of the Interview: Great interviews make great stories – Denise Ryan

Award winning essayist, feature writer and news reporter Denise Ryan will share her experiences, trade secrets and tips. Formatted as a dynamic interview and networking session where you ask the questions, this is an opportunity to ask what you’ve always wanted to know about how to get the interview, get informed consent, establish rapport, overcome hostility, work with a trauma-informed ethic, get past scripted answers and craft story-based lines of inquiry.

February 20, 2021:  Body & Soul: Writing About Spirituality – Susan Scott

Are there ways to write authentically and convincingly about a topic that makes some readers flinch? Spiritual memoirs can be off-putting; but if done well, they can unify the personal and cultural, the ineffable and embodied. Spiritual memoirs can help writers frame complex topics, from intergenerational trauma and explosive family secrets to experiments in shunning, skirting or switching faiths. Using lively discussion and writing prompts, we will examine how to craft an honest spiritual memoir that challenges convenient stereotypes and the confines of convention.

January 23, 2021: Writing About  Mental Health – Eufemia Fantetti and Lenore Rowntree

This craft-focused workshop will act as a model for writing about difficult topics, using mental health as an example. This webinar includes generative writing prompts, so come prepared to do some writing. The session will also be interactive with private breakout discussion groups. Participants can expect to receive a list of recommended readings at the end of the workshop.

December 5, 2020: CNFC Member Book Launch with host Betsy Warland

Esteemed Vancouver writer and one of CNFC’s founders Betsy Warland hosted the Member Book Launch Zoom Event, featuring CNFC members Joan Boxall, Kate Braid, Beth Kaplan, and Janet Love Morrison reading a short excerpt from their newly-released books.

November 19, 2020: Finding the Story – Ian Brown

This workshop will guide you to finding the story worth telling, then digging deeper, finding the actual best story within that story, and hewing to it, despite being terrified of same.

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