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Listen to “Who’s Afraid of the Personal Essay” workshop with Andreas Schroeder

On May 6, 2017, CNFC founding member Andreas Schroeder gave a much-anticipated workshop about the personal essay as part of the organization’s annual conference. An audio recording of this workshop is now available for all CNFC members. Workshop description: The personal essay is one of the most flexible forms in creative nonfiction. It can include elements of every other genre there is. It can be lyrical, rhetorical, formal, or informal. Its apparent looseness (“a sally through a mazy mind,” as…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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How to Host a Literary Cabaret in Six Easy Steps

Do you miss seeing and talking to your fellow creative nonfiction writers in the long months between conferences? Do you want to develop more awareness of great nonfiction in your own town? The CNFC can help you create your own literary cabaret evening right where you are. We have a modest fund to help with promotion, including the design and distribution of digital flyers or posters, and can contribute toward venue rental, if need be.

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