Given the declaration of a global pandemic, and considering urgent advice from medical experts and our host venue, the University of Toronto, to help slow the community spread of COVID-19, The Creative Non-Fiction Collective has made the difficult decision to cancel our Writing True Conference in Toronto. We plan to reschedule, at the same venue, Emmanuel College, U of T, for May 7-9, 2021, circumstances permitting. We truly regret having to cancel our conference for this year. For those who have already registered, you will be issued a refund via Wild Apricot. This will be done as soon as possible, but please be patient as it may take several business days for the refund to appear in your bank account.

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Upcoming events

    • 13 Nov 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Online via Zoom

    Writing Partnerships: Find Your Perfect Match.

    Join Cooper Lee Bombardier, Moira Dann, and Fiona Tinwei Lam for a fascinating discussion of how writers work together, from one-on-one writing partnerships to writing groups to formal mentoring. Whether you’re looking to consult, collaborate or critique, find the model that works best for you by understanding the accountability, boundaries, and trust involved in these types of partnerships.

    COOPER LEE BOMBARDIER is an American writer and visual artist living in Canada. He is the author of the memoir-in-essays Pass With Care, a finalist for the 2021 Firecracker Award in Nonfiction. His writing appears in The Kenyon Review, The Malahat Review, Ninth Letter, CutBank, Nailed Magazine, Longreads, Narratively,BOMB, andThe Rumpus; and in 19 anthologies, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, The RemedyEssays on Queer Health Issues, and the Lambda-nominated anthology, Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Speculative Fiction From Transgender Writers, which won a 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at University of King’s College and in women and gender studies at Saint Mary’s University. 

    MOIRA DANN’s most recent book is Craigdarroch Castle in 21 Treasures, published earlier this year by Touchwood Editions. Previously, she edited for Penguin Books Facts & Arguments: A Selection of Essays from The Globe and Mail (where Moira worked as a journalist and editor for years). A screenwriting graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, as well as a 2016 graduate of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at University of King’s College in Halifax, Moira is scheduled to start an MA in Public History at UVic in January 2022. She lives in Victoria, BC, where she is volunteer President of the Board at Craigdarroch Castle.

    FIONA TINWEI LAM has authored three poetry collections and a children’s book, and collaborated on poetry videos that have screened at festivals internationally. She co-edited the nonfiction anthology, Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood with Cathy Stonehouse and Shannon Cowan, and co-edited the nonfiction and poetry anthology, Love Me True: Writers on the Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs of Marriage with Jane Silcott. Shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award and thrice selected for BC’s Poetry in Transit, her nonfiction, fiction and poetry appear in over 40 anthologiesincluding Best Canadian Poetry (2010 and 2020 editions). Her latest work of nonfiction appears in the fall issue of Maisonneuve.

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    A Zoom link will be provided via email one day before the event. 



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