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Books to use when teaching CNF

Here’s a list of books to use when teaching CNF. It’s not exhaustive, but it’s a good start. This list originally grew out of a discussion by members of the CNFC. Members of “Essaying the 21st Century” (on Facebook) have added to it as well. Feel free to leave further suggestions in the comments field!

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CNF Round-up #3

Links to news, information, stories, and other things of interest to creative nonfiction writers The Nobel Prize for literature has gone to a nonfictionist! Here’s an essay by laureate Svetlana Alexievich. The brilliant Patrick Madden on found-form essays. Essayist Dinty Moore on CNF and humour. Julija Šukys talks to William Bradley about his new essay collection, Fractals. Debra Monroe on the memoir of discover rather than of recovery. If you don’t know the journal Assay, do check it out. Here’s…

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Writing by your own rules

As a child I wrote stories in booklets made of scrap paper haphazardly stapled together, a combination of words with crayon illustrations that made for a colourful—if not entirely comprehensible—storyline. By the time I was ten I fancied myself a journalist, pounding out short news articles on my dad’s old typewriter, covering the big events of my childhood: the crash of the space shuttle Challenger, or the malfunction of West Edmonton Mall’s Mindbender roller coaster. Writing came easily, and it…

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CNF Round-up #2

Maria Turner brings us more links to news, information, stories, and other things of interest to creative nonfiction writers.

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Announcing our 3rd Annual CNF Contest!

Yes, it’s true! We’re doing it again! carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have teamed up to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest sponsored by the University of King’s College. The winner will receive $750 and her/his text will be published in carte blanche. The winner will be announced in April 2016 at the CNFC 12th Annual Conference in Banff, AB.

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CNF Round-up

Maria Turner brings us links to news, information, stories, and other things of interest to creative nonfiction writers.

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Come blog with us

Are you a CNFC member? Have you got some writing to share? We are currently seeking pitches for our blog. The CNFC has a modest budget to pay for blog entries. We can offer $50 honoraria for select original content pieces. Please get in touch if you’d like to contribute! Ideas for post content include the following: – Reporting on CNFC events near or far from you – Issues of craft in CNF – Issues of living the writerly life…

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Members Blog: The Life of an Award-Winning Writer

By Kirsten Fogg “So what do you do?’’ the plastic surgeon asks, pulling a trolley of scalpels and scissors and suture material to the operating daybed. “I’m a writer,’’ I say. “Actually, I just became an award-winning essayist.’’ As I talk, I wonder how I can turn this into an essay. How can I excavate this surgical experience in the same way the doctor is slicing through layers of my skin and subcutaneous fat. I stare at the ceiling, away from…

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Poetry: Pure Fiction, or Nonfiction in Its Purest Form?

CNFC workshop at Loft 112 in Calgary on Sunday, April 19, 2015 Photos & blog by Dale Lee Kwong Can poetry constitute creative nonfiction? The question is one I had never considered. When I did, I discovered I’ve unconsciously never given my poetry the same respect as my essays. For me, nonfiction held more interest than fiction and I categorized poetry as less valid. After attending a workshop featuring South African author and editor, Helen Moffett, I now feel excitement…

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