Writing True 2019: Variations on Substance & Form - 15th Annual Creative Nonfiction Conference

  • 14 Jun 2019
  • 8:00 AM (PDT)
  • 16 Jun 2019
  • 3:30 PM (PDT)
  • University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus


  • Regular price - after April 5, 2019
  • Register by April 5, 2019
  • Regular price - after April 5, 2019
  • Register by April 5, 2019
  • Regular price - after April 5, 2019
  • Register by April 5, 2019

Registration is closed

Early bird deadline is April 5, 2019. Last day of registration is May 31, 2019.

The conference fee includes the following (see the CNFC website for full programming details):

Friday, June 14

- Gala Dinner and Literary Cabaret, presentation of the CNFC / Humber Lit Review contest prize

- Genre-bending: The Many Ways to Tell True Stories (panel discussion)

- Members café and student readings

- Meals include lunch, refreshment breaks, and buffet dinner at Sage West

Saturday, June 15

- Keynote address with Helen Humphreys

- Morning and afternoon panels and workshops: Writing My Story (Darrel McLeod); Writing to Heal and Recover (Kara Stanley and Simon Paradis); In My Head and Onto the Page: Writing About and Through Mental Illness (Judy Rebick and Alicia Elliott); Writing Our Journey of Reconciliation (Monique Gray Smith); Writing Intimate Crime and Violence (Renee Saklikar and Carys Cragg); and No Words: The Rebellious Act of Writing the Stories Not Told (Lesley Buxton).

- In Conversation session with Elizabeth Hay and David Chariandy

- Special performance of Sea Sick by Alanna Mitchell at the Chan Centre's Telus Theatre

- Meals include lunch, refreshment breaks, light dinner and reception before the play and an after-party!

Sunday, June 16

- CNFC Annual General Meeting with coffee and refreshments

- Special afternoon performance of The Shoe Project

Plus, all weekend:

- Presenters' books for sale as well as the popular members' book table

Please note: payment is due when you register. We cannot guarantee your place until we receive your payment. Please pay through PayPal. If you are unable to pay online, please contact our treasurer at janesilcott@gmail.com. 

The last day of registration is May 31. No refunds after this date. Cancellations up to May 31 will be charged a $30 administration fee.

This year, we're thrilled to be able to present Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell's critically-acclaimed and Dora-nominated theatre production about the state of the global ocean and the world. The cost of a ticket is included in the registration fee for those attending the full conference. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase tickets directly from the Chan Centre for $36 (or $20 with student ID).  

Master classes are not included in the conference fee — you must register for them separately. There is a limit of 25 people per class. If a class is full, your name will be put on a waitlist. 

Guests: You may register one guest for the Friday night banquet and the Saturday reception and after-party. Guest registrations are also available for the keynote address and In Conversation session. Guests can attend the Shoe Project on Sunday afternoon on a pay-what-you-can basis (suggested on-the-spot donation of $15). 

Don't forget to book your stay at UBC!



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