Award-winning CNF writer, Nicole Breit, first began mentoring writers after earning her B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia in 1999. Prior to her teaching certification she graduated with distinction, earning her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Victoria.
In 2016 Nicole won the CNFC/carte blanche creative non-fiction prize for her lyric essay, "Spectrum" and Room magazine's CNF award for "An Atmospheric Pressure" (selected as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2017).
Her work has been published in a number of print and online publications including Room, Hippocampus, carte blanche, Event, The Puritan, and After the Art. She is a regular contributor of craft articles for Hippocampus magazine.
Nicole launched her first online course, CNF Outliers, in early 2017. An impressive number of her students have had their stories accepted for publication, nominated for and/or selected for awards. Rowan McCandless' "A Map of the World", the winner of Room magazine's 2017 CNF competition, was drafted in the very first session of CNF Outliers.
The writers Nicole has worked with call her approach to teaching creative writing "compassionate mentorship".