Events

Upcoming events

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

    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's Mitchell 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!


    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Walter Gage Residence, UBC
    • 11
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    Get Real: The Art of Writing with Humour

    Dina Del Bucchia

    Can humour be taught? Join us as Dina Del Bucchia, host of Can’t Lit, Artistic Director of The Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, and UBC Creative Writing instructor, reveals how using humour allows us to write more honestly and with greater sharpness.

    Fee: $35 CNFC Members, $50 Non-Members

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Walter Gage Residence, UBC
    • 22
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    The Art of the Interview

    Denise Ryan

    Whether you are a journalist, podcaster, creative writer, or blogger, great interviews make great stories. So how do you get the interview? And once you’ve got it, how do you get the most from it?

    We will cover how to establish intimacy, overcome hostile or intimidating subjects, work in traumatic and ethically challenging situations, get past scripted answers, build an arsenal of techniques, and craft story-based lines of inquiry. We will also engage in some dynamic question and answer sessions. 

    Fee: $35 CNFC Members, $50 Non-Members

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Walter Gage Residence, UBC
    • 19
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    Science Writing

    Alanna Mitchell

    Alanna Mitchell, journalist, playwright, and author of Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, discusses how she approaches complex scientific writing and presents her research in a way that makes them compelling and accessible.

    Fee: $35 CNFC Members, $50 Non-Members

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Walter Gage Residence, UBC
    • 24
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    The Living Story

    Dr. Jerry Haigh & Danica Lorer

    Master storytellers Dr. Jerry Haigh and Danica Lorer share what they know about the power of letting go of the written page in giving presentations. They reveal how telling stories allows the writer to take into account time limits, themes, and the ages and literacy level of the audience.

    Jerry and Danica will challenge participants to explore and share their own stories, first in a small group then in a larger group setting. They will offer tips for school presentations and book launches while building confidence.

    Most of Jerry Haigh’s storytelling relates to his work as a (now retired) veterinarian, from checking a lion for pregnancy to giving an enema to a rhino, while Danica Lorer grew up listening to stories around the kitchen table and campfires.

    Join them for this master class and discover how you can make stronger connections with your audience.

    Fee: $35 CNFC Members, $50 Non-Members

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Walter Gage Residence, UBC
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    (Please note, this opportunity is available to conference registrants only)

    SEND US YOUR WRITING!                                                    

    Looking for a professional evaluation of your writing? This is your chance!

    Send us your nonfiction writing (maximum 3000 words), and we will pair you with an experienced editor/writing teacher, who will read your pages in advance and give you 15 minutes of feedback on your writing at our conference.

    How does this work?

    First, register for our conference! This opportunity is available only to those who register for our conference.

    Second, register here for the EVALUATION event. The cost is $50 per submission. Why are we charging for this? We will be paying the editors/writing teachers a fee to read and evaluate your writing, and to meet you in person to discuss your work.

    How does the selection process work? Time slots will run from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday, June 14, 2019, and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

    What if I register for a Master Class and my time slot falls at the same time? We will do our very best to schedule your time so it doesn’t conflict with a Master Class you’ve registered for, but if we can’t avoid it, we will ask you to step out of your class for your 15-minute time slot.

    Do I need to have a finished manuscript? No, you can send us up to 3000 words of your best nonfiction, from a finished manuscript or from a work in progress. All forms of creative nonfiction prose are acceptable.

    How will I know if I have an evaluation time slot? We will notify you by email once our deadline has passed.

    How should I format this? Double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. Save as a word.docx. In Subject line: your first and last name, Writing Evaluation Submission.

    OK, so when’s the deadline? Send your writing sample to info@creativenonfictioncollective.ca  by APRIL 30, 2019.

    Anything else? This is an opportunity to get focused, professional feedback on your writing. We hope you’ll find it both stimulating and encouraging!

    STEPS: Register for conference. Register for Writing Evaluation here. Send maximum 3000 words to: info@creativenonfictioncollective.ca. Deadline: April 30, 2019.


    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Walter Gage Residence, UBC, Vancouver
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    Hear Helen Humphreys, one of Canada’s most celebrated and beloved fiction writers, talk about why she is moving her writing away from fiction towards hybrid and nonfiction forms of storytelling.

    Tickets are for sale to members of the public.

    Please note: If you have registered for the conference you do not need to buy a ticket for yourself. If you wish to invite someone to attend this event with you, please purchase a ticket for them here.


    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM (PDT)
    • Walter Gage Residence, UBC, Vancouver
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    Join celebrated writers Elizabeth Hay, author of All Things Consoled, and David Chariandy, author of I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You, A Letter to my Daughter, as they come together and talk candidly about the issues they confronted when writing intimately about family.

    Tickets are for sale to members of the public.

    Please note: If you have registered for the conference you do not need to buy a ticket for yourself. If you wish to invite someone to attend this event with you, please purchase a ticket for them here.


    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre

    Presented in partnership with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the David Suzuki Institute

    Sea Sick is Alanna Mitchell’s critically-acclaimed and Dora-nominated theatre production about the state of the global ocean and the world. Come and experience this powerful story in which Mitchell uses science and her own delicate wit to tell us about her journey to the bottom of the ocean, the demons she discovered there, and her hope for the future. The performance will be followed by a talk-back session with Mitchell.

    “So, I’m a science journalist and one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done was research a book on how we’re altering the chemistry of the global ocean. Sounds a bit dull, right? But it was a tale of grand adventure and marvellous discovery with a good dollop of humour, peopled with some of the most fascinating scientists in the world.” – Alanna Mitchell

    Please note: If you have registered for the conference you do not need to buy a ticket for yourself. If you wish to invite someone to attend this event with you, please purchase a ticket for $36 ($20 with student ID) from the Chan Centre: 604-822-2697 OR https://chancentre.com/events/sea-sick-by-alanna-mitchell/


    • 16 Jun 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Walter Gage Residence, UBC, Vancouver
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    The Shoe Project is a writing and performance workshop where immigrant women tell the stories of their arrival in Canada – through a pair of shoes. They are coached by veteran Canadian writers and theatre professionals. Shoes accompany us on all our journeys. They say who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. Writing their shoe memoirs gives members a voice and helps them be heard in the Canadian mainstream.

    Tickets are for sale to members of the public.

    Please note: If you have registered for the conference you do not need to buy a ticket for yourself. If you wish to invite someone to attend this event with you, please purchase a ticket for them here.


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