Do you have a story that wants out? Are you carrying memories of your family’s lives you’d like to pull together into an essay or a book? Is there an object in your life that could be the subject of a fascinating account? Or perhaps you’ve been researching an issue you believe would make a long feature article or a book.

Are you looking for tips on how to start writing, find direction, or reboot a stalled manuscript?

Bring along your questions about creative nonfiction forms such as memoir, life writing, biography, essays, historical works, popular science writing, among others. We’ll spend the day talking about story structure, focus, style, craft issues, and more. We’ll look at several examples of strong creative nonfiction on a variety of topics. You’ll leave with writing tips, a list of resources and a new perspective on your work.

Note 1: Please send either a sample of your nonfiction writing or a description of the project you have in mind to the instructor by May 18, a week before the workshop starts. Include with your writing a question or two you want us to discuss.  

Note 2: Bring a flash drive for downloading a resource file of sample CNF, craft articles, among other useful materials.

This one-day workshop will take place Saturday, May 25 at the Mahone Bay Centre (45 School St., Mahone Bay) from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. 

This workshop is FULL. Please email if you wish to be added to the waitlist.


Lorri Neilsen Glenn is a poet, essayist, teacher, researcher and editor. Her fourteen titles include the popular anthology Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s; a bricolage work of lyric essays, Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry; and poetry collections Lost Gospels and Combustion. Her award-winning creative nonfiction and poetry have been widely anthologized. She is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University, a mentor in the University of King’s College Creative Nonfiction MFA program and recipient of awards for innovative teaching, research and her work in the arts. Find her @neilsenglenn.

Mahone Bay Centre, 45 School Street, Mahone Bay
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm