CNFC/ CARTE BLANCHE 2018 CONTEST SHORTLIST REVEALED!

THE CNFC AND CARTE BLANCHE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THEIR 2017–2018 CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST SHORTLIST.

The winner will be announced on May 5 in Toronto, ON at the 14th annual CNFC conference.

The shortlist was selected by contest judge, Betsy Warland.

 

“Lucky Number Seven,” by Emily Kellogg.

Emily Kellogg’s writing has appeared in publications such as FLARE, The Huffington Post, and The Puritan. In 2017, her creative nonfiction work received an honourable mention in Room Magazine‘s CNF competition and was shortlisted for PRISM International‘s CNF prize. Photo of Emily Kellogg

 

“Descent into Darkness,” by Nancy O’Rourke.

Photo of Nancy O'RourkeExperienced 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.

 

 

 

“What’s Coming for You,” by Julie Paul.

Photo of Julie PaulJulie Paul lives and writes in Victoria, BC. She was the winner of the 2016 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Award and has published two books of short fiction. The Rules of the Kingdom, her first book of poetry, is shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our three finalists and thank you to everyone who participated!

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The countdown is on for the CNFC’s annual conference in Toronto!

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.

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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 info@creativenonfictioncollective.ca 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.

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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.

Registration for the CNFC’s 14th Annual Writing True Conference is now open!

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 multi-cultural metropolis.

We’ve done our best to keep prices low for a big-city event.

Looking for ACCOMMODATION while staying in Toronto?

Registration Fees

• Member Regular: $185
• Student Member: $90
• Non-Member: $235
• Student Non-Member: $115

Last day of registration is April 22.

Please note: our new Non-Member category is intended for partners, spouses, or anyone who would like to attend this conference without an ongoing commitment to CNFC.

Sign up now.

What’s Included

The regular Conference fee includes publishing and editing panels on the afternoon of Friday, May 4 followed by a light meal (with cash bar) and a keynote address by noted journalist and memoirist Kamal Al-Solaylee.

Saturday brings a full day of panels, discussions, workshops with invited speakers and member presenters, together with lunch, dinner, and our fabulous Literary Cabaret. We’ll round things off on Sunday with our annual general meeting.

Hoping to focus on questions of craft? Then consider signing up for one or more of our superb interactive Master Classes on Friday, May 4 for a small extra fee. ($25 for members; $40 for non-members) Note: Maximum 25 participants per class.

Join us also for free, on- and off-site events on Thursday, May 3 and the afternoon of Sunday, May 6.

Read the full 2018 program details.

And if you’d like to bring a guest, select individual events (Keynote address and Conversation with Lee Maracle and Tanya Talaga) as well as evening meals, are also available for a small extra charge.

Follow this link for more information.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Need a place to stay in Toronto? We’ve got you sorted.

Knowing that many of you are coming from a distance, we’ve aimed to arrange accommodations at different price levels and affordability.

First, we’ve negotiated a conference rate at The Chelsea ($179+tax a night). The Chelsea is three subway stops or a 20-minute walk from the conference venue and offers the usual amenities, including free wi-fi, pool, etc. Please mention the Creative Nonfiction Collective conference when booking.

Book your room at The Chelsea Hotel (CNFC Conference Rate)

Looking for a less expensive option? Or maybe you’d like to stay even closer to the Conference venue or want to share a room with a friend. In that case, you might prefer the dormitory at Victoria University on the University of Toronto campus.

Victoria dorms offer single or double rooms (twin beds) and shared washrooms. Internet is available but you must have an ethernet cable. Breakfast is included.

Click here to book accommodation at Victoria University (within the University of Toronto)

Please include the conference name: The Canadian Creative Nonfiction Collective Society Meeting 2018.

Regular Rate 2018

$75.00 per single room / per night (+ 13% HST = $84.75)

$100.00 per double room / per night (+ 13% HST = $113.00)

Note that neither venue is the official conference lodging, and we encourage you to seek out other options if neither of these locations suit your specific needs.

Important dates and other information

Payment is due when you register. Pay through Paypal or by cheque. Please make cheques payable to the Creative Nonfiction Collective and mail them to the address below:

2046 East 4th Avenue,
Vancouver, BC V5N 1K4

The last day of registration is April 22. No refunds after April 22.

Cancellations up to April 22: $30 administration fee.

Master Classes: Please register for master classes separately. Registration for our master classes is limited.

Guests: You may register one guest for Saturday night’s dinner. Guest registrations are also available for Friday’s keynote address and light dinner, and Saturday morning’s “In Conversation.”

2018 CONFERENCE NEWS

Creative Nonfiction Collective Society 14th Annual Writing True Conference PosterPlans 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 featuring three highly experienced Toronto professionals, followed by “First Page” — an opportunity for volunteer members to hear how the pros respond to their work.

Award-winning journalist and memoirist Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone) will deliver our keynote address on the evening of May 4. Saturday will include a whirlwind of fascinating panels, interviews, workshops, and opportunities to network, and the gathering will culminate in our annual AGM and a literary Jane’s Walk through the Annex on Sunday, May 6.

Join us earlier for a book launch on Thursday evening, and Master Classes (at a small extra charge) on Friday morning!

Stay tuned for more details here and on Facebook.

CNF tip of the week: lyric essay

The CNFC and carte blanche want your writing! Send your best, previously unpublished nonfiction piece of 3,000 words or less—  whether it’s literary journalism, memoir, personal essay, or lyric essay — by November 30th, 2017. For more information about these subcategories, read on. Today, we feature…

Lyric Essay

A lyric essay uses the techniques of poetry, including compression, sound play, white space, formal innovation, non-linear narrative, and juxtaposition to explore an idea or an experience in the writer’s life. Lyric essays may be structured as collage or mosaic, as braided or woven narratives, as “flash” snapshots, or wedged within the carapace of other forms such as instruction manuals, rejection letters, lists, or maps, and they may also make use of images. They often rely on research in addition to personal experience. Typically, they make greater demands on the reader than other types of creative nonfiction, so for some, they are an acquired taste—but those who love them can’t get enough!

A few examples

Brenda Miller: “36 Holes.”

Nicole Breit: “Spectrum.” (CNFC award winner!)

Eula Biss: “The Pain Scale.”

Judith Kitchen: “On the Farm.”

To learn more

http://benmarcus.com/writing/on-the-lyric-essay/

https://www.hws.edu/senecareview/dagata_le.pdf

http://theessayreview.org/bodies-of-text-on-the-lyric-essay/

http://www.maryheathernoble.com/on-the-lyric-essay/

http://brevitymag.com/craft-essays/the-shared-space/

https://harpers.org/archive/2016/05/note-to-self/

http://www.portyonderpress.com/the-lyric-essay.html