Banner for the CNFC Conference 2018 featuring photos of Lee Maracle and Tanya Talaga

With stimulating panels, hands-on workshops, opportunities to mingle and share your work, and more, this conference promises to be one of our best yet.

See the full program here.

And if you need accommodation, click here.


First Page Event

You’ve finished a draft of your manuscript and you’re not quite sure about that opening. Your friends love it. Your dog loves it. Your mother loves it. But will it pass muster with a wider audience? Wouldn’t you like to know what the pros think? Find out from our panel of publishing experts at The First Page.

How: Submit the first page of a manuscript-in-progress, double spaced, in 12-point font to by April 22. Any sub-genre of creative nonfiction is acceptable.

You may also add a paragraph to give the necessary context. For example: “This is the opening of my biography of XYZ,” or “This is a memoir about living with cancer.” “This book uses case studies to ask questions about the environment.” Give us your three-sentence elevator pitch. Let us know what you aim to do and why the book’s important.

Please, no names or identifying information; entries will be judged blind and chosen on the basis of what a discussion of their strengths and possible weaknesses might teach us as a group.

What will happen: Our panel of publishing experts will read and evaluate your writing sample onstage for an audience of your peers. The page will be projected on a screen so all can read it.

Please come prepared for an honest, perhaps bracing, but fundamentally supportive conversation about your work, which will arm you with concrete suggestions for change and encourage you to dive into revisions.


Carte Blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society are pleased to announce the long list for our 2017-18 Creative Nonfiction Competition:

“Father’s Day” by Christine Barbetta
“Anne” by Beethina Clavette
“Passage” by Jennifer Delisle
“Lucky Number Seven” by Emily Kellogg
“East Vancrowver” by Jennifer Lori
“Estranged Magic” by Kim McCullough
“Laundry Day” by Christina Myers
“Descent into Darkness” by Nancy O’Rourke
“What’s Coming For You” by Julie Paul
“All There Was” by Bill Penner

Hailing from coast to coast, these ten writers have tackled a range of important subjects with distinctive voice, lively prose, and evident craft. Congratulations to all, and a big thanks to everyone who entered.

Thanks also to our preliminary readers, Joshua Levy and Monica Meneghetti.

The winner of the contest will be announced at the Creative Nonfiction Collective’s annual conference, May 4-6, in Toronto, Ontario.