The 2018 CNFC Conference

Where?  Here…

Emmanuel College of Victoria University
in the University of Toronto

75 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, ON
M5S 1K7 

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View the digital version of our 2018 Conference Program

The nearest subway stop is Museum. From Union Station, take Line 1 (University) and get off at Museum. The TTC exit is right outside Emmanuel College. The nearest accessible station on both Line 1 and 2 is St George. 

What’s happening when? Check out our Conference Program. 

 Still need accommodation? We have a few suggestions!  

Note: Registration for the conference is now closed but individual tickets are available for a few events at the door. 

Coming from Out of Town?  

Conference Committee Member Cathy Cooper has put together a short but informative guide of nearby places to eat, things to see and do, and transportation details. Download our CNFC Conference Quick Reference Guide.

And if your driving to the conference, here’s a Emmanuel College Parking.

See you soon!


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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.


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.