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 in Banff, the staff loaded the desk into my car and I headed home. My husband was as excited as me. He saw potential for his use and so hijacked my prize. Fortunately, the ease of adjusting the desk height, raising it to his or lowering it to mine, was a marriage saver. We now share the desk.

The work area is stable and large and can accommodate a computer and all the notebooks that writers are known to collect. Because we have laptops, I use the keyboard shelf below to hold papers, a thesaurus and dictionaries.

Most writers spend a lot of time sitting, so having the ability to change position regularly is beneficial. While writing, I probably spend half my time sitting and the other half standing. The question I am asked is, does it make me a better writer? That I don’t know. However, I can definitely write for longer periods.

My restless nature is totally compatible with the ability to both sit or stand while being productive!

Janet Wilson’s insatiable curiosity about people and her drive to understand the world has taken her to over eighty-five countries. In her forty years as a health professional, she has witnessed the commonality of the things that unite all humans across the globe.

An enthusiastic and entertaining storyteller — she has presented to thousands who share her passion for travel and adventure — Janet is currently writing a travel memoir.

Find out more about Fitneff, and be sure to attend the 2017 AGM on May 6 in Vancouver for a chance at your very own standing desk!

CNFC/carte blanche 2017 contest shortlist revealed!

The CNFC and carte blanche are pleased to announce their 2016–2017 creative nonfiction contest shortlist.

The winner will be announced on May 5 in Vancouver, BC at the 13th annual CNFC conference.

The shortlist was selected by contest judge, Andreas Schroeder.

“To the Lighthouse,” by Kelley Jo Burke

 

Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning drama and nonfiction writer, and writing teacher.  Her musical Us premieres March 2018 at Regina’s Globe Theatre, and “Bringing Up Fur Baby” (CBC Radio’s IDEAS) airs May 2017.

 

 

“The Unicycle in My Garage,” by Barb Howard

 

Barb Howard has published  three novels and one collection of short fiction. She has recently started to explore the amazing and difficult process of writing creative nonfiction.

 

 

 

“A Chaotic Jumble of Infinite Possibility” by Joshua Levy

 

Joshua Levy is a frequent storyteller on CBC Radio and recently received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to write a memoir. He splits his time between Montreal, Toronto, and Lisbon, Portugal.

 

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


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Announcing the judge for the 2017 carte blanche/CNFC contest

This year’s carte blanche / CNFC creative nonfiction contest judge is Andreas Schroeder.

Not only is Andreas a prolific writer and a voracious reader, he’s also a veteran nominee and past winner and judge of several writing and book awards.

Carte Blanche is one of Canada’s most substantial literary magazines, and its annual CNF competition always attracts editors’ special attention due to its outstanding submissions. But this year’s longlist was so impressive, and its three finalists so totally neck-and-neck, I may have to consult King Solomon for a few suggestions.”

Watch for the shortlist announcement on Friday, March 24. The winner will be revealed at the 2017 CNFC Conference, May 5 and 6 in Vancouver.

Andreas currently holds the Rogers Communications Chair in Creative Nonfiction at the University of British Columbia (UBC Creative Writing). To date, he has published an impressive 23 books. He has been a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award (Shaking It Rough, 1976), the Sealbooks First Novel Award (Dustship Glory, 1984), the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction (Cheats, Charlatans & Chicanery, 1998), and the BC Book Prizes’ Ethel Wilson Fiction Award (Renovating Heaven, 2008). He won a National Magazine Award in 1990, a Stephen Leacock Award in 1997, and a Canadian Association of Journalists’ Best Investigative Journalism Award in 1991.

Announcing the 2016-17 carte blanche / CNFC contest long list

carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society are pleased to announce the long list for our 2016-17 creative nonfiction competition:

“To the Lighthouse” by Kelley Jo Burke (Regina, SK)
“Doing Better” by Ann Cavlovic (Gatineau, QC)
“Life and Good Fortune” by Patti Edgar (Calgary, AB)
“Darkroom, Daydream” by Matthew Hollett (St. John’s, NL)
“The Unicycle in My Garage” by Barb Howard (Calgary, AB)
“Heavy Wait for Silence” by Lee Kvern (Okotoks, AB)
“A Chaotic Jumble of Infinite Possibility” by Joshua Levy (Montreal, QC)
“Zion’s Children” by Susan Scott (Waterloo, ON)
“The Wedding Rings” by Norah Wakula (Hamilton, ON)

Congratulations to everyone who made the long list and a big thank you to all who participated!

Thank you also to competition readers: Nicole Breit, Lorri Neilsen Glenn, and Gregory McCormick.

Watch for the short list announcement on Friday,  March 24, 2017.

The winner of the competition will be announced at the 13th Annual CNFC Conference, which will be held in Vancouver from May 5 – 6, 2017.


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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 Schroeder, Ruby Swanson, Betsy Warland, Crystal Chan, Myrna Kostash, Julie Salverson and Ellen Bielawksi.

Plus: Plenary discussion featuring CNFC founding members, coffee break, members book table, and a lunch-hour CNFC annual general meeting.

Read the full 2017 program details.

Note: You must be an active CNFC member to attend the Annual CNFC Conference. Memberships are only $50 ($25 for students). Find out how to join today!

UPDATE: A limited number of tickets are available to members and non-members wishing to attend JUST the Saturday morning of this year’s conference in Vancouver. Find out more.

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