University Club (Oakland)

May 23, 24 & 25

Various times

Leading practitioners of Creative Nonfiction, including authors, agents, editors and publishers from around the US, will gather in Oakland to discuss and explore the current state of the literary genre.

Marking 20 years of publishing a nationally renowned magazine and out of its Shadyside offices, the Pittsburgh-based literary organization Creative Nonfiction is now launching a major conference. Running May 23-25 at the University Club, The 2014 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference will provide a forum for discussing innovative new avenues within the rapidly changing world of publishing, while also offering practical hands-on writing workshops.

Presenters and workshop instructors represent a mix of both local and national visiting authors, agents and publishers, including Dinty W. Moore, Jane Bernstein, Emily Loose, Leslie Rubinkowski, Anjali Sachdeva, Michael Simms and Peter Trachtenberg. Also participating is Lee Gutkind, founding editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine.

Talks by esteemed authors and agents will explore the changing publishing landscape, innovations in the field and the craft of writing creative nonfiction. Attendees will also enjoy opportunities to have their own writing reviewed and critiqued by professional writers and publishers. On the local front, the conference aims to make a meaningful contribution to Pittsburgh’s thriving arts and cultural community.

On opening day, Larry Levitsky, CEO of InkShares, and independent book agent and publishing consultant Emily Loose will discuss crowd-funded publishing, small presses, and online and print literary magazines, as well as the pros and cons of self-publishing and e-books versus traditional publishing methods.

The second day will focus on the craft of writing creative nonfiction, with sessions exploring techniques and best practices for writing both short and long-form nonfiction, the power of research and the art of the memoir. Additional sessions will focus on magazine writing, personal essays and more. On the third day, participants will workshop their current projects and receive feedback from published authors.

View a complete conference schedule and registration details.