Creative Nonfiction to Explore Changes and Innovations in World of Publishing at Spring Writers' Conference

Pittsburgh literary organization Creative Nonfiction, celebrating 20 years of publishing, will launch of The Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference this May.

Pittsburgh literary organization Creative Nonfiction is celebrating 20 years of publishing, and with the launch of The Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference this May, the local nonprofit will provide a forum for discussing new and innovative pathways emerging in the rapidly-changing world of publishing.

On the opening day of the conference, experts including Larry Levitsky, CEO of InkShares, and independent book agent and publishing consultant Emily Loose will discuss the shifting landscape of the publishing world, from crowdfunded publishing to the role of small presses and online and print literary magazines, to the pros and cons of self-publishing and e-books versus traditional publishing.

"Ultimately, putting out excellent writing is still the surest way to get published," says Lee Gutkind, founding editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine. "Helping writers be the best at what they do is always the primary topic at our writers' conferences. But the publishing landscape is changing dramatically right now, and we want to address that. Emerging writers are especially open to exploring creative avenues for publication. They expect to have more control over the fate of their work. They want to know what all of their options are."

The second day of the conference will focus on the craft of writing creative nonfiction, exploring techniques and best practices for writing both short and long-form nonfiction, the power of research, and the art of the memoir. On the third day, participants have the opportunity to workshop their current projects and receive feedback from published authors.

The conference will take place on May 23rd, 24th, and 25th, 2014 at the University Club in Oakland. The is available on the Creative Nonfiction website.

Presenters and worfull schedulekshop instructors include a mix of both local and visiting authors, agents, and publishers, including Lee Gutkind, Dinty W. Moore, Jane Bernstein, Emily Loose, Leslie Rubinkowski, Anjali Sachdeva, Michael Simms, and Peter Trachtenberg. A complete list of presenters and their biographies can be found online.


MEDIA CONTACT:
Kristina Marusic
412.519.4618 | marusic@creativenonfiction.org