2019 CNFC Conference: June 14 to 16 in Vancouver

The 2019 CNFC conference is taking place June 14 to 16 in Vancouver at UBC’s Point Grey Campus.

The early bird registration deadline is April 5, 2019.  REGISTER NOW

Book your stay at UBC Gage Towers Residence.

Check out the program details below.

MASTER CLASSES:

Get Real: The Art of Writing with Humour

Can humour be taught? Join us as Dina Del Bucchia, host of Can’t Lit, Artistic Director of The Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, and UBC Creative Writing instructor, reveals how using humour allows us to write more honestly and with greater sharpness.

The Art of the Interview

Award-winning Vancouver Sun Journalist Denise Ryan shares how she prepares for the challenge of conducting and writing compelling interviews.

Compelling Science Writing

Alanna Mitchell, journalist, playwright, and author of Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, discusses how she approaches complex scientific writing and presents her research in a way that makes them compelling and accessible.

The Living Story

Jerry Haigh and Danica Lorer will discuss the power of letting go of the page in presentations. They will touch on the translation of the oral to the written and back again. They will share how the same story can be told in poetry, prose, and on the stage. This master class will benefit those who would like to do more storytelling and make stronger connections to live audiences.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING CONSULTATIONS

Looking for a professional evaluation of your writing? This is your chance! Send us your nonfiction writing (maximum 3000 words), and we will pair you with an experienced editor/writing teacher, who will read your pages in advance and give you 15 minutes of feedback on your writing at our conference. The cost is $50. Send us your work to info@creativenonfictioncollective.ca by April 30. For more info and to register, click here.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Helen Humphreys

Hear one of Canada’s most celebrated and beloved fiction writers talk about why she is moving her writing away from fiction towards hybrid and nonfiction forms of storytelling.

PANELS & WORKSHOPS:

Genre-bending: The Many Ways to Tell True Stories

We are delighted to present Helen Humphreys, Chelene Knight, Betsy Warland, and Renee Saklikar in conversation, as these four master writers discuss ways to blend genres and cross literary boundaries.

Writing My Story

Join Darrel McLeod, Cree from Territory Eight in Alberta and a former chief land claims negotiator for the federal government, as he tells the stories behind his recent Governor-General award-winning memoir, Mamaskatch.

Writing to Heal and Recover

Kara Stanley, author of Fallen: A Trauma, A Marriage and the Transformative Power of Music, and her musician husband Simon Paradis present a joint reading/musical performance, followed with discussion as they explore the connection between trauma, the power of writing and its ability to heal.

In My Head and Onto the Page: Writing About and Through Mental Illness

Join Judy Rebick, one of Canada’s best-known women’s rights advocates and author of Heroes in My Head, and Alicia Elliott, Tuscarora writer, recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Prize for 2018, and author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, as they share their personal accounts of writing about mental illness.

Writing Our Journey of Reconciliation

Monique Gray Smith, of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry, and author of Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, reveals how education, awareness and understanding can lead to repairing and healing the fractured relationships caused by our past history. As one young person she interviewed said, “awareness creates healing.”

Writing Intimate Crime and Violence

Renee Saklikar, author of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections, and Carys Cragg, author of Dead Reckoning, How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father, reveal what influenced their decisions to write about the violence and crime that directly impacted them and their families and the long-term effects they have had.

No Words: The Rebellious Act of Writing the Stories Not Told

Lesley Buxton, author of One Strong Girl and winner of the 2018 Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction, explores how in memoir there are two protagonists — the past and the present selves — and how we can use the distance between them to reveal and write our most challenging stories.

MEMBERS’ CAFÉ:

Welcome to all members, new and returning. Come meet other conference registrants and listen to readings by student creative nonfiction writers.

IN CONVERSATION

Join celebrated writers Elizabeth Hay, author of All Things Consoled, and David Chariandy, author of I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You, A Letter to my Daughter, as they come together and talk candidly about the issues they confronted when writing intimately about family.

PERFORMANCE: Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis

Presented in partnership with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Sea Sick is Alanna Mitchell’s critically-acclaimed and Dora-nominated theatre production about the state of the global ocean and the world. Come and experience this powerful story in which Mitchell uses science and her own delicate wit to tell us about her journey to the bottom of the ocean, the demons she discovered there, and her hope for the future. The performance will be followed by a talk-back session with Mitchell.

“So, I’m a science journalist and one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done was research a book on how we’re altering the chemistry of the global ocean. Sounds a bit dull, right? But it was a tale of grand adventure and marvellous discovery with a good dollop of humour, peopled with some of the most fascinating scientists in the world.” – Alanna Mitchell

For those registered for the conference, your ticket to the play is included. Members of the public wishing to purchase a ticket may do so for $36 ($20 with student ID) from the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

PERFORMANCE: The Shoe Project

The Shoe Project is a writing and performance workshop where immigrant women tell the stories of their arrival in Canada – through a pair of shoes. They are coached by veteran Canadian writers and theatre professionals. Shoes accompany us on all our journeys. They say who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. Writing their shoe memoirs gives members a voice and helps them be heard in the Canadian mainstream.

Now in its sixth year, The Shoe Project was created by novelist Katherine Govier and incubated at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

“I have never imagined I could be standing in front of an audience sharing a personal story in English. The Shoe Project has been the most empowering experience in my life.” – Natalia, participant from Uruguay

Plus: Banquet, literary cabaret, announcement of the 2019 CNFC/Humber Literary Review writing contest, wrap-up party, and the CNFC annual general meeting.

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