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How to Host a Literary Cabaret in Six Easy Steps

Do you miss seeing and talking to your fellow creative nonfiction writers in the long months between conferences? Do you want to develop more awareness of great nonfiction in your own town? The CNFC can help you create your own literary cabaret evening right where you are. We have a modest fund to help with promotion, including the design and distribution of digital flyers or posters, and can contribute toward venue rental, if need be.

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And the winner of the carte blanche/CNFC contest is…

Congratulations to Nicole Breit for her essay “Spectrum”! Nicole Breit is a poet and essayist who lives and writes in the suburbs of Vancouver. She was nominated for the Malahat Review 2016 Open Season awards, the 2015 Room poetry prize and the 2015 PRISM International CNF contest. Her debut poetry chapbook, I Can Make Life, was a finalist for the 2012 Mary Ballard poetry competition. Her work has been published in carte blanche, Exhale and other print and online publications.…

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CNFC/carte blanche 2016 contest shortlist

The CNFC and carte blanche are pleased to announce its 2015–2016 creative nonfiction contest shortlist. The winner will be announced on April 23 in Banff, Alberta at the 12th annual CNFC conference. The shortlist was selected by contest judge, Deni Béchard. “Spectrum,” by Nicole Breit Nicole Breit is a poet and essayist who lives and writes in the suburbs of Vancouver. She was nominated for the Malahat Review 2016 Open Season awards, the 2015 Room poetry prize and the 2015 PRISM International CNF contest. Her debut…

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Announcing the long list for carte blanche/CNFC contest

carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society are pleased to announce the long list for our 2015-16 creative nonfiction competition: “My Father, the Bird” by Kate Braid “Spectrum” by Nicole Breit “The Birth of Lizard Boy” by William J Crow “Answer: Mostly Ds – A Cautionary Quiz” by Phil M Dwyer “Through the Damascus Gate” by Jane Finlay-Young “Members Only” by Janet L Fretter “Kimchi” by Megan A Kaczor “Cannot predict now” by Lezlie M Lowe “Hedy and Flo”…

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Announcing the judge for the 2016 carte blanche/CNFC contest

carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society are pleased to announce the judge for our third annual creative nonfiction contest: Deni Ellis Béchard is a journalist, novelist, memoirist, photographer, and activist. He has published three books, the first of which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was translated into French, Arabic, and Russian. Deni will also be delivering the keynote at this year’s CNFC conference in Banff, where he’ll address the importance of the narrative arts in a time of social…

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Three Writers, Three Days: Breaking the Silence

CNFC recognizes three “Empty Chair” writers at 2016 conference Words have power. It’s an article of faith for writers—and a reason that repressive governments may try to silence us. Currently, more than 900 writers the world over are imprisoned or in danger for expressing their views. Another 200 are murdered every year. Each year, PEN International selects individual imprisoned writers whose cases are emblematic of the dangers faced by their colleagues around the world. These writers are represented at conferences,…

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Uncovering life’s silences and hidden assumptions

CNFC member Sue Harper interviews Michael V. Smith – poet, novelist, writing prof, and recent author of his first memoir, My Body Is Yours: Books help us contain a kind of emotion that might be unpleasant, so we might get a better perspective on it and have a more sophisticated reaction to it in our own lives. Following two novels, Cumberland and Progress (Cormorant Books) and two books of poetry What You Can’t Have (Signature Editions) and Body of Text…

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