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 HERE.
The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) is a national organization for Canadian literary nonfiction writers that educates, supports, develops and promotes the CNF genre.
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 1:00pm EST
The Modern Writer’s Tech Toolbox, with Omar Mouallem
Omar Mouallem cracks open his toolbox to demo the latest gadgets, software and phone apps designed to make 21st Century writing more efficient. He’ll introduce you to prose-polishing A.I., intricate story timeline/plotting software, word processors designed for managing huge projects, and distraction-killing apps to keep your butt in your seat. He’s also give advice on optimizing basic tools like spreadsheets and maps to organize bounties of research and demo some of the scary ways that Chat GPT might help you.
Omar Mouallem is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker known for his ability to intertwine human interest stories with world history and broad social issues. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, WIRED, and The New Yorker, and his book, How Muslims Shaped the Americas, won the 2022 Wilfred Eggelston Nonfiction Award. He wrote, directed and produced the documentaries The Lebanese Burger Mafia, which documents the unlikely link between fast-food and Arab immigrants, and Making Kayfabe, a gonzo journalism experiment that saw him transform into the pro wrestling heel Fake Nooze Neville. Omar teaches creative nonfiction at the University of King’s College but is also the “fake dean” of Pandemic University, a virtual school he founded in support of writers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 1:00pm EST – Self-Care For Writers: In The Courage Room with Karen Connelly
In Self-Care for Writers, The Courage Room facilitator and writer Karen Connelly will lead us on an inspired, challenging and creative exploration into the meaning and practice of ‘self-care.’ How do we “take care” of ourselves as writers? Is ‘self-care’ the same or different for creative people as it is for anyone else? Is ‘self-care’ a form of indulgence? How can we assuage some of the more intense and painful emotions that writing might stir up for us, especially after we’ve finished writing?
Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 1:30pm EST – Member Readings
Join us in celebrating the successes of CNFC members throughout the past year! Enjoy readings from Jennifer Bowering Delisle, Kathy Wagner, Alison Li, Beth Kaplan, Maryanna Gabriel, Nancy O’Rourke, Concetta Principe, and Doley Henderson.
Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 1:30pm EST – “Scoring and Reciprocity: Deepening our Reader’s Engagement” with Betsy Warland.
The purpose of this workshop is to learn how to assess pacing, or scoring in your own writing. Betsy leads us through scoring our own texts with questions like: Are the sentences/poetic lines essentially all the same length? Are the dramatic and evocative strategies too similar, even predictable?
Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 1:30pm EST – “In Conversation with Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii) and Andrew Stobo Sniderman: Craft, Collaboration, and Reconciliation”
The authors of Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, A White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation talk about how they collaborated on this highly-acclaimed bestseller.
Saturday April 22, 2023 at 1:30 pm EST – “The Joys (and) Challenges of Children’s Nonfiction“
Wanda Taylor and Nimbus Books editor and author, Whitney Moran, discuss the joys (and) challenges of writing and publishing children’s nonfiction books.
Saturday February 25, 2023 at 1:30 pm EST – “The Art of Deeply Researched Nonfiction Science Writing“
Gregor Craigie, Krista Lamb, and Dan Werb in a discussion on the art of deeply researched nonfiction science writing.
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.