Webinars

CNFC MONTHLY WEBINARS

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

Saturday February 25, 2023 at 1:30 pm EST – “The Art of Deeply Researched Nonfiction Science Writing

Join Gregor Craigie, Krista Lamb, and Dan Werb for a discussion on the art of deeply researched nonfiction science writing.

Gregor Craigie is an author and CBC Radio host in Victoria, BC. His first book, On Borrowed Time: North America’s Next Big Earthquake, was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2021 and was a finalist for the Balsillie Prize for Public Policy and the City of Victoria Book Prize. Gregor has also written a children’ nonfiction book for Orca Books, titled Why Humans Build Up: the Rise of Temples, Towers and Skyscrapers. His first novel, Radio Jet Lag, will be published by Cormorant Books this June. Gregor is currently writing a book about Canada’s housing crisis for publication by Penguin Random House in 2024.

Krista Lamb is a writer, communications professional and podcast producer and host. She specializes in helping translate complex medical, scientific and health-related topics into interesting and understandable stories for diverse audiences. Her first book, Beyond Banting: From insulin to islet transplants, decoding Canada’s diabetes research superstars,  was released in 2021 through Rock’s Mills Press. The book won the 2021 Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Book Award in the general public category. In addition, Krista is the producer and host of the Diabetes Canada Podcast, which won the Canadian Podcast Award for Outstanding Health and Fitness Series in 2020. She also hosts the Commercializing Living Therapies podcast for CCRM, the Actions on Diabetes Podcast with Diabetes Action Canada, Unbreakable, the OC Podcast from Osteoporosis Canada, and From Beta Cells to Bicycles. Throughout her career, she has written extensively about health and research topics and she currently provides communications support for a wealth of Canadian not-for-profit organizations.

Dan Werb, PhD, is an award-winning science writer and social epidemiologist. His writing has appeared in the New York TimesTIMEThe Daily Beast, SalonLiterary Hub, the Globe and MailThe WalrusBuzzfeed, and others. Dan is the author of The Invisible Siege: The Rise of Coronaviruses and the Search for a Cure (Crown, 2022), a narrative non-fiction book that chronicles the decades-long efforts to develop the scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which won the 2022 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize in Nonfiction. Dan’s first book, City of Omens: A Search for the Missing Women of the Borderlands (Bloomsbury, 2019), an account of a femicide epidemic in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico, was one of five finalists for the 2019 Governor-General’s Award in Nonfiction. Dan also received a U.S. National Institute on Health Avenir Award (2015), a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Traiblazer Award (2017), and an Early Career Investigator Prize (2022) from the Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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

Registration is now open!

 

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Past Webinars

Saturday January 21, 2023 at 1:30 pm EST – “Ukrainian Canadian Writers in a Time of War”

Myrna Kostash in conversation with Ruby Swanson and Lianna Makuch.

Saturday December 10, 2022, 1:30 pm EST – Member Readings

Join writer and CNFC vice-president Chris Moore for our annual Member Reading event, featuring CNFC members Tim Christian, Rowan McCandless, Myrna Kostash, Bruno Cocorocchio, Kimberly Fraser, Sunita Devi Alves, Pat Butler, and Miriam Edelson reading excerpts from their newly-released books.

Saturday, November 12, 2022, 1:30pm EST – “Survival Stories”

From pandemic narratives to stories of overcoming family trauma, creative nonfiction offers writers a nuanced way to tell detailed accounts of survival. Jenna Butler looks at narratives of surviving and thriving in connection with the land through her Governor General’s shortlisted book, Revery: A Year of Bees.

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.

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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