How to Be a Happy Writer

How winning the 2015 CNFC contest changed me

Kirsten Fogg is a bilingual Australian-Canadian journalist, editor and award-winning essayist who has been shaped by living in four countries and by the suicide of her 16-year-old brother. Her essays have been published in journals including Creative Nonfiction and The Malahat Review and adapted by ABC Radio National Australia. Her journalism has appeared in various world media. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction (2022). Sign up to her newsletter here:  Writer out of Residence and connect with her on…

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A Small Selection of Favourite Craft Books

AnnMarie MacKinnon is a CNFC member and board member. She shares a thoughtful list of books on the craft of writing creative nonfiction, for yourself or as a gift for another writer in your life. _ In just a week, winter will be upon us. The short days and long evenings of the season practically beg us to embrace the hygge mood and curl up with a book. And what better way to spend a few of those darker hours…

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Members Blog: How to be a Happy Writer

Part I: How to Pitch and Sell Writing Projects that Really Matter to You  By Ann Douglas Your enthusiasm and passion for a particular project are your best selling tools as a writer. Ever tried to pitch a project that didn’t matter to you at all, but that you pitched anyway because your bank account balance urged you on? How did that work out for you? Odds are your pitch was half-hearted at best—and unlikely to inspire an editor. And…

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