Events

Keep up-to-date with Lee’s upcoming and most recent events and new courses being offered through Arizona State University.

Upcoming Events

Jan 10 2019–Apr 19 2019

1800 I St NW, Washington, DC

Arizona State University

Writing True Stories That Matter: Turning Research into Narrative through Creative Nonfiction


Effectively communicating your story is more important than ever. No matter your professional background or career goals, sharing your ideas with diverse audiences is critical.

Writing True Stories That Matter will give you the tools to transform information into compelling nonfiction narratives. The first course to be offered at Arizona State University’s Washington, DC headquarters, this graduate-level writing workshop is led by ASU professor Lee Gutkind, the “Godfather behind creative nonfiction” (Vanity Fair) and founding editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine.

The skills developed in this class will be applicable to all forms of nonfiction writing: long-form journalism, op-ed pieces, speechwriting, book proposals, grant applications, and white papers. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from luminaries in the field of creative nonfiction and network with editors and authors from Issues in Science and Technology, Creative Nonfiction, Slate, and others.

Writing True Stories That Matter is designed for busy individuals. You will draft and revise a long-form narrative essay, book chapter, or series of smaller pieces as a final product to earn class credit. The class meets every other week on Thursday and Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., January 10 to April 19, 2019.

For more information about turning your research or ideas into a captivating narrative, visit http://cspo.org/program/true-stories/.

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To Register

If you are currently an ASU student, go to my.asu.edu to register for [HSD 598, class #32344].

If you are not currently an ASU student, you must first become a non-degree seeking graduate student. The process is quick and easy: Note: You must register as a non-degree graduate, college/school = ASU Graduate College.

• Go to https://students.asu.edu/graduate/nondegree. This web page links to the ASU Graduate Admissions application.

Note: you must register as a Non-Degree Graduate,  and choose College/Location = ASU Graduate College, Location=Tempe. (This is not an online course; do not choose ASU Online.)

• In approximately 48 hours, you will receive an email confirming your non-degree status admission.

• You can then log into your newly established account (my.asu.edu). At the bottom of the “My Classes” box, click on “Registration”, “Add”, then search for [HSD 598, class #32344]. That will add Writing True Stories That Matter to your “cart” and finish the registration process.

Past Events

Jan 11 2018–Apr 27 2018

Washington D.C. Center

Arizona State University

Writing True Stories That Matter: Turning Research into Narrative through Creative Nonfiction

WRITING TRUE STORIES THAT MATTER

Effectively communicating your story is more important than ever. No matter your professional background or career goals, sharing your ideas with diverse audiences is critical.

Writing True Stories That Matter will give you the tools to transform information into compelling nonfiction narratives. The first course to be offered at Arizona State University’s Washington, DC headquarters, this graduate-level writing workshop is led by ASU professor Lee Gutkind, the “Godfather behind creative nonfiction” (Vanity Fair) and founding editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine.

The skills developed in this class will be applicable to all forms of nonfiction writing: long-form journalism, op-ed pieces, speechwriting, book proposals, grant applications, and white papers. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from luminaries in the field of creative nonfiction and network with editors and authors from Issues in Science and Technology, Creative Nonfiction, Slate, and others.

Writing True Stories That Matter is designed for busy individuals. You will draft and revise a long-form narrative essay, book chapter, or series of smaller pieces as a final product to earn class credit. The class meets every other week on Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, January 11 to April 27, 2018.

For more information about turning your research or ideas into a captivating narrative, visit http://cspo.org/program/true-stories/.

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To Register

If you are currently an ASU student, go to my.asu.edu to register for HSD 598, class #30179.

If you are not currently an ASU student, you must first become a non-degree seeking graduate student. The process is quick and easy: Note: You must register as a non-degree graduate, college/school = ASU Graduate College.

• Go to https://students.asu.edu/graduate/nondegree. This web page links to the ASU Graduate Admissions application.

Note: you must register as a Non-Degree Graduate,  and choose College/Location = ASU Graduate College, Location=Tempe. (This is not an online course; do not choose ASU Online.)

• In approximately 48 hours, you will receive an email confirming your non-degree status admission.

• You can then log into your newly established account (my.asu.edu). At the bottom of the “My Classes” box, click on “Registration”, “Add”, then search for HSD 598, class #30179. That will add Writing True Stories That Matter to your “cart” and finish the registration process.

Oct 14 2017, 9:00 AM–Oct 15 2017, 1:00 PM

ASU Washington Center, Washington, D.C.

Arizona State University

Creative Nonfiction Craft Intensive

Creative Nonfiction is the hottest genre of the publishing industry, not only in creative writing programs, but in science, technology, law, economics and throughout the humanities. Whether you are crafting personal essays, narrative reports or memoir, it’s crucial to keep the reader in mind.

This intensive day-and-a-half workshop, led by Lee Gutkind, acclaimed author and editor of Creative Nonfiction Magazine and Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity, a Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction will delve into the craft of creative nonfiction.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

and

Sunday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Arizona State University Washington Center, 1834 Connecticut Ave., Washington, D.C.

This workshop will cover the following topics in depth:

• Developing ideas into compelling stories
• Crafting and recreating scenes from real life and from the past
• Communicating critical ideas and information
• Linking scenes together into longer, powerful narratives​

Participants will also get:

• An overview of creative nonfiction – scenes and basic structure, long and short form

• Tips on researching and interviewing

• An overview of the business of writing – queries, selling, the marketplace

This will be an intimate workshop; only a few spots remain. Sign up now!

Registration: Only $149, includes lunch

Oct 13 2017, 4:00 PM–6:00 PM

National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine | Keck Center

By Arizona State University | Think Write Publish

Science & Religion – Exploring the Harmonies: A Media Perspective with Writers and Editors from The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard


Science and religion co-exist in our world in many complex, interesting, and productive ways beyond the caricature of conflict and contradiction. Join us for readings, conversations, and the launch of “Science and Religion: Exploring the Harmonies”—the special fall issues of Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology magazines.

This event is free. Please register here. 

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Keck Center

500 Fifth St., Northwest

Washington, DC 20001

Program Lineup:

Ross Andersen, science editor, The Atlantic

Adam Keiper, books and arts editor, The Weekly Standard

Dinty W. Moore, author and founder of Brevity

Sigal Samuel, religion editor, The Atlantic

William Wan, national correspondent, The Washington Post

Rachel Wilkinson and Jamie Zvirzdin, winners of the Think Write Publish Science and Religion writing contest.

Guests will receive complementary copies of both magazines.

An informal networking event will follow immediately at a nearby establishment. Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by:

Arizona State University

Lee Gutkind, Founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction

Dan Sarewitz, editor of Issues in Science and Technology

Michael Zirulnik, Director of Think Write Publish

Apr 8 2017–Apr 15 2017

Blue Spirit Retreat Center - Costa Rica

Amazing Yoga

Yoga and Creative Nonfiction

Blue Spirit, your home for a fun-filled week, is one of the foremost world-class yoga and meditation retreat centers in Costa Rica, providing an extraordinary setting for personal growth, writing inspiration, clean eating, and creative expression.

Located in one of the world’s 5 Blue Zones, Blue Spirit is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean on a 5-mile white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge. The pristine nature, subtropical climate, dedicated staff, and the healing energy of the area create the ideal environment for our Yoga and Creative Writing retreat to become an unforgettable and deeply nurturing experience.

This week away from your daily busyness will help you: Rediscover your voice. Get filled with inspiration. Be free of distractions. Take your writing to a deeper level. Immerse into heart-fueling, creativity-expanding workshops and yoga sessions.

This retreat is open to everyone. It is designed for a broad range of writers—from barest beginners to those who are most experienced. You’ll polish your writing skills and expand your insights, whether you’re interested in writing as a profession, or to use it as a tool of personal self-discovery and exploration.

For more information visit: http://www.amazingyoga.net/yogaandwritingretreat/

Jan 31 2017–Feb 8 2017

Havana, Cuba

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

Bringing Havana to Life – Writing Workshop

Cuba is one of the most fascinating and beguiling countries in the world, a vibrant and complex blend of history, people, and contemporary culture. Political tensions have all but hidden the enchanting Cuban culture and people from most Americans until recently. This new educational program offers a rare opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and discover and explore the country’s cultural diversity and her physical beauty with words as our tool of discovery.

Turning ideas, observations, and experiences into informative and compelling stories is Lee’s mission and focus during this unique week in Cuba. Lee, the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, connects students with the real world through capturing and writing what Lee calls “the literature of reality”—the fastest growing genre in the publishing world. Techniques of memoir and personal essay fall under the creative nonfiction umbrella.

$3,695 per person, double occupancy* for 7 nights in Havana at Convento Santa Brigida, single supplement add $350; breakfast daily, four group lunches and three group dinners; airport transfers and ground transportation in Cuba; and all required visas and license. Airfare is not included. Round-trip charter airfare between Miami and Havana is approximately $550. *For those requesting double accommodations, we will do our best to pair you with a suitable roommate. Participants will be notified if a roommate is not available, in which case the single supplement must be charged.

This program starts with a required group meeting at 8pm on Tuesday evening, January 31, at the Marriott Courtyard Miami Airport. Enrollment is limited to 16-20 participants

Package Price: $3,695

See more at: https://santafeworkshops.com/workshop/bringing-havana-to-life-creative-nonfiction-immersion/#sthash.awZvPF91.dpuf

May 27 2016–May 29 2016

Wyndham University Center Pittsburgh, PA

Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference

Join us in Pittsburgh May 27th – 29th, Memorial Day Weekend, for the 4th annual Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference. Whether you’re starting to write your first essay or article or have a couple of books under your belt, we have something for you.

In just three days you can meet one-on-one with a literary agent or publishing consultant, get concrete advice from professional writers, hear what different kinds of editors are looking for, and hone your skills in an inspiring small-group session. You’ll also meet and mingle with writers from across the country who share your excitement about the writing process.

For more information, visit: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/creative-nonfiction-writers-conference-0

May 22 2016, 12:30 PM

East Liberty Presbyterian Church | Room 234 116 S. Highland Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA

Writing Away the Stigma Reading & Conversation

Writing Away the Stigma combines a series of free writing workshops and fellowships, a funded editorial fellowship, and public readings and events designed to help demonstrate that true stories can counteract the dangerous and shameful stigma surrounding mental illness.

In observance of Mental Health Month, we will be hosting a series of free events during May. We hope you’ll join us at one or more of the following events:

12:30 p.m. Brief readings from Writing Away the Stigma fellows will be followed by a discussion and conversation about the role of creative writing in fostering mental health. Light refreshments will be served. 

This event is FREE and open to the public.

May 21 2016, 3:30 PM

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Lawrenceville 279 Fisk Street | Pittsburgh, PA

Writing Away the Stigma Reading & Conversation

Writing Away the Stigma combines a series of free writing workshops and fellowships, a funded editorial fellowship, and public readings and events designed to help demonstrate that true stories can counteract the dangerous and shameful stigma surrounding mental illness.

In observance of Mental Health Month, we will be hosting a series of free events during May. We hope you’ll join us at one or more of the following events:

3:30 p.m. Brief readings from Writing Away the Stigma fellows will be followed by a discussion and conversation about the role of creative writing in fostering mental health. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

May 6 2016, 6:00 PM

The Mattress Factory 500 Sampsonia Way | Pittsburgh, PA

Writing Away the Stigma Graduation Reading & Reception

Doors open at 6 p.m., reading begins at 6:45. The museum’s fantastic collection will be open to attendees, free of charge, starting at 6 p.m. Hearty appetizers & beverages will be served.

Online Registration for the 6th is now closed, please register at the door.

Apr 6 2016, 11:30 AM–1:00 PM

The Pearl Stable - 307 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX

University of Texas Health Services / School of Nursing

Nurses: Heroes of the Medical Profession

The Nursing Advisory Council invites Lee Gutkind as the keynote speaker at the annual Spring Luncheon to discuss the heroes of the medical profession.

Mar 31 2016

Los Angeles, CA

Associated Writing Programs Annual Meeting

Reading and Panel

Feb 19 2016, 4:00 PM–5:00 PM

College Avenue Commons Auditorium at Arizona State University - Tempe, Arizona

Desert Nights, Writing Stars Conference

The Experiential: Writing Public & Private Disaster

Lee Gutkind joins T. Jefferson Parker and Hugh Martin in a conversation about writing the experiential.

Feb 19 2016, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Old Main building at Arizona State University - Tempe, Arizona

Desert Nights, Writing Stars Conference

Scholarly Writing: Publishing Academic & Creative Nonfiction.

Join Lee Gutkind and Sally Kitch in a discussion about publishing creative nonfiction, in the historic Old Main building at Arizona State University.

Feb 18 2016, 1:00 PM–2:00 PM

Heritage (University Club) at Arizona State University - Tempe, Arizona

Desert Nights, Writing Stars Conference

How to Begin a Creative Nonfiction Essay

The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference gathers writers, scholars, and lovers of literature for three days of instruction, conversation, and inspiration. We aim to provide practical information to writers of all levels, and to create a supportive environment for community building. Entering its thirteenth year, the 2016 conference will feature highly accomplished faculty in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, YA, and many who resist identification by genre.

Feb 16 2016–Feb 20 2016

Virginia Piper Literary Center, Tempe, AZ

Desert Nights Writers Conference

Rising Stars

Workshop and reading.

Jan 24 2016, 4:00 PM–7:00 PM

Winchester Thurston School, Hilda Willis Room, Upper School - 555 Morewood Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Creative Nonfiction

Writing Away the Stigma Workshop

Creative Nonfiction founder and editor Lee Gutkind will offer a free writing workshop focused on telling true stories about mental illness. This workshop is part of our ongoing Writing Away the Stigma project.

Check-in will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the workshop will take place from 4-6 pm. A reception with light appetizers and drinks will follow, from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Jan 13 2016

Pittsburgh, PA

Carlow University

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Presentation

Oct 26 2015

Washington, DC

National Press Club

Writing True Stories That Matter

Lecture and workshop
To learn more and register visit:
http://www.press.org/events/writing-true-stories-make-difference-law-and-order-it-all

Oct 22 2015

Rivers Club, Pittsburgh, PA

The Author’s Zone Awards Ceremony

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Keynote Presentation

Aug 8 2015

Lancaster, PA

Hippocampus Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Keynote Presentation

May 23 2015

Pittsburgh, PA

Creative Nonfiction Writing in the First Person Conference

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Keynote Presentation

May 18 2015

Phoenix, AZ

Center of Organizational Research and Design, Institutional Design Frontiers Summit

Writing True Stories That Matter

A lecture and workshop.

May 13 2015

Princeton, NJ

The Heath Industry Forum’s Annual Princeton Conference: Challenges Facing the U.S. Health Care System

Writing True Stories That Matter

Keynote Speaker

May 9 2015

Setting Students Up for Success Annual Conference

Institute of Learning Writing in ELA and Mathematics

Writing True Stories That Matter

Lecture and workshop.

Feb 19 2015

Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Walton Sustainability Initiative

“Un-Gala”

Presentation of the Creative Nonfiction sustainability issue partnership with the Walton Sustainability Initiative.

Dec 8 2014

Washington, D.C. and telecast to San Francisco, CA

Earthjustice

Telling True Stories That Matter

A lecture and workshop.

Dec 6 2014

Phoenix, AZ

University of Arizona Medical School

Reading and Writing Narrative Medicine

A two-part workshop.

Nov 3 2014

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University

Telling True Stories That Matter

A lecture and workshop.

Oct 17 2014

Tempe, AZ

Changing Hands Bookstore

True Stories Well Told

A reading.

Sep 29 2014

Washington, DC

The National Press Club

Telling True Stories That Matter

A lecture and workshop.

Sep 10 2014

Tempe, AZ

Arizona State University

Telling True Stories That Matter

A lecture and workshop.

Jun 25 2014

New York, NY

The City Museum of New York

New Yorkers and Baseball

A book talk.

Jun 6 2014–Jun 8 2014

Sheridan, WY

Wyoming Writers’ Annual Conference

Workshop

Jun 2 2014

Washington, DC

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Telling True Stories That Matter

A lecture and workshop.

May 28 2014

Midland, PA

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter High School

Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker

May 24 2014

Pittsburgh, PA

Creative Nonfiction Foundation

The Best Creative Nonfiction Conference

Keynote speaker and workshop leader.

May 16 2014

Pittsburgh, PA

Mental Health America

Writing Away the Stigma

Keynote speaker with presentation and reading for Western Pennsylvania chapter’s annual meeting.

Apr 28 2014

Tempe, AZ

National Science Foundation (NSF) Funded Program

Frankenstein Bicentennial Project

Nonfiction and publication group leader.

Feb 27 2014

Seattle, WA

Associated Writing Program’s Annual Meeting

Creative Nonfiction’s 20th Anniversary

A reading and celebration.

Jan 29 2014

Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh

Writing Away the Stigma

A reading and presentation.