Events

Upcoming events

    • 04 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 06 May 2018
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
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    Registration Fees

    Member Early Bird (by March 20): $160

    Member Regular (after March 20): $185

    Student Member: $90

    Non-Member (by March 20): $210

    Non-Member (after March 20): $235

    Student Non-Member: $115

    Last day of registration is April 15.

    The conference fee includes the following:

    • Light dinner on Friday; Lunch, Gala Dinner & Literary Cabaret on Saturday
    • Keynote address featuring Kamal Al-Solaylee
    • In Conversation with Lee Maracle and Tanya Talaga 
    • A full day of workshops and panels featuring Dinty Moore, Evany Rosen and Elizabeth Renzetti; Tanya Talaga, Carol Off and Mark Sakamoto; Mandy Len Catron; Naben Ruthnum and Emily Keeler; Pauline Le Bel and Waubgeshig Rice.
    • Publishing and editing sessions with editors and agents Barb Berson, Patrick Crean and Nita Provanost, and moderator Hal Wake.
    • Plenary: Forming Voice: Identity and Experience featuring Naben Ruthnum, Carol Off and Elizabeth Renzetti, moderated by Lorri Neilsen-Glenn
    • PLUS: refreshment breaks, presenters' books for sale, as well as the popular members' book table, the CNFC Annual General Meeting, and Jane's Walk

    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 15. No refunds after April 15.

    Cancellations up to April 15: $30 administration fee.

    Master Classes: Please register for master classes separately. Limited to 25 people per class.

    Guests: You may register one guest for Saturday night's dinner. Guest registrations are also available for Friday's keynote address and Saturday morning's "In Conversation."

    • 04 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Victoria University, U of T, Toronto, ON
    • 4
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    The Invisible Magnetic River
    Dinty Moore

    In this interactive craft session, we will explore the deeper currents that bind each word, each sentence, each image of our creative nonfiction into a coherent, resonant whole. Come prepared to do in-class writing.

    Bio: A National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient, Dinty Moore has guest-taught creative nonfiction seminars across the United States and in Europe. In addition to editing the acclaimed internet journal, Brevity, he is on the editorial board of Creative Nonfiction magazine. A noted essayist and humourist, he has also written numerous books on craft. He teaches writing at Ohio University.

    Fee: $25 CNFC Members, $40 Non-Members

    • 04 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Victoria University, U of T, Toronto, ON
    • 24
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    Navigating Rivers of Connection:
    Writing Family and Ancestral Stories Across Cultural Differences

    Lorri Neilsen Glenn

    How do we write across cultures, context, time and geography? Whose stories are ours to tell? How do we respond as writers to stories that arise from different cultural and political contexts, especially when we are connected to those at the center of the stories? This workshop will provide examples of creative nonfiction writing that navigates connections, and open a discussion among participants of our roles and responsibilities as writers.

    Bio: Lorri Neilsen Glenn is the author of Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn, 2017). As she discovered the stories of her Cree, Ininiwak and Métis grandmothers and their contemporaries, she encountered difficult questions of erasure, sexism, racism, appropriation and representation. Lorri is the author and editor of several books of creative nonfiction, poetry and scholarly work. Former Halifax Poet Laureate, she teaches in the MFA program in creative nonfiction at University of King’s College.

    Fee:$25 CNFC Members, $40 Non-Members

    • 04 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Victoria University, U of T, Toronto, ON
    • 18
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    Finding Form in Creative Nonfiction

    Betsy Warland

    Each piece of creative nonfiction embodies an idiosyncratic state of consciousness, and the form of every CNF piece must signal or convey that state of consciousness to readers, whether the piece is a page long or an entire manuscript. In this class, I will offer insights about this crucial aspect of our craft and suggest techniques for addressing it. A variety of successful examples will be distributed and discussed. Bring two pages from a piece of writing you’re uncertain about to explore form options that may be a better fit.       

    Bio: Betsy Warland has published 12 books of poetry, creative nonfiction and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of personal essays, Breathing the Page— Reading the Act of Writing. In April of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas was launched by Caitlin Press’ new imprint, Dagger Editions. Reviews have called it “an achievement,” “truly luminous,” and a “tour de force.”

    Fee: $25 CNFC Members, $40 Non-Members

    • 04 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Victoria University, U of T, Toronto, ON
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    Guest ticket for Friday Night's Light Dinner

    (Maximum one per member, please.)

    Friday, May 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Victoria University, University of Toronto

    • 04 May 2018
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Victoria University, U of T, Toronto, ON
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    Kamal Al-Solaylee's best-selling memoir, Intolerable, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and Canada Reads, and won the Toronto Book Award. His second book, Brown, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction and the recipient of the 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. He is an associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. 

    Fee:$15

    • 05 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Victoria University, U of T, Toronto, ON
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    In Conversation features acclaimed Canadian writers Lee Maracle and Tanya Talaga in an hour-long conversation. 

    Lee Maracle is a celebrated author, poet, educator, storyteller and performing artist. She is one of the country's most prolific First Nations' writers, and was first published in the early 1970s. Among her novels are Ravensong, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel and Daughters Are Forever.

    Tanya Talaga is an award-winning investigative journalist for the Toronto Star and the author of Seven Fallen Feathers. The book, a finalist for the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, is about seven Indigenous high school students who died in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

    Fee: $15

    • 05 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EDT)
    • Victoria University, U of T, Toronto, ON
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    Guest ticket for Saturday Dinner & Literary Cabaret

    Maximum one per member, please.)

    Saturday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.

    Victoria University, University of Toronto


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