Conferences

AND THE 2018 CNFC/CARTE BLANCHE CONTEST WINNER IS…

“Descent into Darkness,” by Nancy O’Rourke. Congratulations to Nancy and to both our runners-up, Emily Kellogg and Julie Paul. The winning piece is now published in the current edition of carte blanche . Experienced sociologist Nancy O’Rourke’s creative nonfiction was recently recognized by Memoir Magazine. “Descent into Darkness” is adapted from a memoir-in-progress that examines processes of forgiveness, focusing on a group of children she befriended in Rwanda in 1992, lost during the genocide, and found 18 years later.  

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Registration for the CNFC’s 14th Annual Writing True Conference is now closed.

Join us from May 4-6 for an exciting roster of Master Classes, panels, workshops, interviews, and opportunities to meet and share ideas with old friends and new, in the CNFC’s first ever conference in Toronto. We’ll meet at Victoria University, within the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. A short stroll to the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum, Yorkville, Queen’s Park, and so much more, our venue is right at the heart of Canada’s most…

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2018 CONFERENCE NEWS

Plans for the CNFC’s 2018 Conference at the University of Toronto are well underway! Featuring Kamal Al- Solaylee, Lee Maracle, Dinty Moore, Carol Off, Evany Rosen, Naben Ruthnum, Tanya Talaga, and more, with workshops, interviews, and panels on topics ranging from writing humour to grappling with difficult material, this weekend of lively conversation and craft will offer plenty of prompts to writers of all levels. The conference kicks off at 2 pm on Friday, May 4, with a publishing panel…

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Listen to “Who’s Afraid of the Personal Essay” workshop with Andreas Schroeder

On May 6, 2017, CNFC founding member Andreas Schroeder gave a much-anticipated workshop about the personal essay as part of the organization’s annual conference. An audio recording of this workshop is now available for all CNFC members. Workshop description: The personal essay is one of the most flexible forms in creative nonfiction. It can include elements of every other genre there is. It can be lyrical, rhetorical, formal, or informal. Its apparent looseness (“a sally through a mazy mind,” as…

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CNFC member Janet Wilson takes a stand

At the 2016 CNFC conference in Banff, our sponsor Fitneff generously donated an adjustable standing desk to be given away to one lucky member at the annual general meeting — something they’ve agreed to do again this year in Vancouver. Janet Wilson tells us more. I pumped my fist into the air and yelled, “Yes!” I had won the prize at the 2016 Creative Nonfiction Collective Conference — a brand new Fitneff Sit Stand Desk. At the end of a great weekend…

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2017 CNFC Conference registration is now open!

Our annual members conference takes place May 5 to 6 in Vancouver, BC. Register today! Early bird rates (by March 31): $100 ($80 for students) Regular rates (April 1 to 21): $125 ($80 for students) Last day of registration is April 21. The conference fee includes the following: Friday, May 5: CNFC Gala Dinner and Literary Cabaret Saturday, May 6: Keynote lecture featuring Deborah Campbell An in-conversation session with Hal Wake and Joy Kogawa Three concurrent member-led workshop sessions featuring Andreas…

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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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