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Even though mental illness touches so many lives–every year, one in four American adults endure the trials of a mental health condition–there still remains a stigma attached to it. “Writing Away the Stigma: With True Stories Well Told” is a five-part creative nonfiction writing workshop for those who have experienced mental health issues themselves or through their relationship with a family member or friend. It’s the creation of Creative Nonfiction and Staunton Farm Foundations and is open to residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene, Washington, Beaver, Lawrence, Butler, Armstrong, and Indiana counties).

The 12 fellows selected to participate will have the opportunity to study under author and founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction literary magazine, Lee Gutkind, who has been recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction.” Gutkind also started the first ever MFA program in creative nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh.

If you have a true story to tell about the challenges or the satisfactions of confronting mental health problems, if you want to learn the craft of writing creative nonfiction from conception to first draft to how to get published, and if you have a burning desire to write, this is the workshop for you!

The workshop takes place on Mondays, 6:00 – 9:30 pm, October 21 through November 18 at the The University Club at the University of Pittsburgh (123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260).

The deadline for applications is Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm (EST). You can read more about the workshop here, apply to participate here, and learn more about the creative nonfiction genre here.


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