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Mission Statement

Creative Nonfiction Foundation (CNF) pursues educational and publishing initiatives in the genre of literary nonfiction. Its objectives are to provide a venue, the journal Creative Nonfiction, for high quality nonfiction prose (memoir, literary journalism, personal essay); to serve as the singular strongest voice of the genre, defining the ethics and parameters of the field; and to broaden the genre's impact in the literary arena by providing an array of educational services and publishing activities, such as conferences, workshops, and the development of promising new writers.


For more than ten years, CNF has nurtured and stimulated nonfiction writing as a literary genre. To date, the most important means of achieving this mission has been the publication of Creative Nonfiction, which was the first and is still the largest literary magazine to publish, on a regular basis, high quality nonfiction prose exclusively. The journal, which is published three times a year and has a circulation of 4,500, serves the whole spectrum of literary readers - from nonfiction and journalism enthusiasts to poetry and fiction writers, editors, and agents. In addition, CNF's Education Program provides support for high school and university teachers of creative writing by providing the journal at a discount for classroom use. CNF's efforts have established the genre as both a worthy academic pursuit and a fixture on best-seller lists. Creative Nonfiction has consistently featured prominent authors and has also helped launch the careers of some of the genreĆ¢ s most exciting emerging writers. CNF also nurtures emerging authors through a mentoring program and writers' conferences. Editor Lee Gutkind has organized the Mid-Atlantic Summer Nonfiction Writer's Conference at Goucher College for ten years, and this summer CNF is helping to organize Santa Fe's first-ever nonfiction writers' conference. Last November, CNF hosted Pittsburgh's first-ever creative nonfiction literary festival and brought the local writing and publishing communities together to imagine ways in which the city' s vibrant but often overlooked literary community might become a more visible part of Pittsburgh' s cultural landscape.



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