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About 5119 Coral Street

Creative Nonfiction moved to its current location in January 2016, after outgrowing a small office in Shadyside. We're located between the Waldorf School and Penn Avenue.

We are excited to engage with the Pittsburgh community by opening our doors for regular events. Our schedule typically includes onsite workshops led by local and visiting authors; readings and gallery shows during First Fridays on Penn Avenue; and other special events!

At 5119 Coral Street, you can leave your shoes, coat, and creative blockages at the door. In our space, you can unwind and refresh your practice in the company of other writers, artists, and high-quality writing instructors.

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Accessibility & Amenities 

The first floor of our building is fully accessible. This includes the gallery, our archives, access to our courtyard, and a fully accessible restroom. Entry to the building is up a short flight of steps or an electric lift.

Our office and a kitchenette are located on the second floor, up one flight of stairs. Although the kitchenette is not fully accessible, a member of the CNF staff will be onsite and available to assist those with accessibility needs.

In the neighborhood

Our office is located in the arts-centered Bloomfield/Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. 

On Penn Avenue are other arts organizations like Assemble, Boom Concepts, Level Up StudiosSilver Eye Center for Photography, and Workshop PGH.

We are also within walking distance of several dining locations:

Coffee/Light Bites

Please keep in mind that the estimated distances listed below are calculations provided by Google Maps.

Artisan Cafe (0.2 miles, 5-minute walk)
4121 Main (0.4 miles, 8-minute walk)
Commonplace Coffee (0.8 miles, 16-minute walk)
Bantha Tea Bar (0.1 miles, 3-minute walk)
Safi Juice (0.2 miles, 4-minute walk)
Gluten-Free Goat Bakery (0.2 miles, 4-minute walk)


Friendship Perk & Brew (0.2 miles, 5-minute walk)
People's Indian Restaurant (476 feet, 2-minute walk)
Spak Brothers (495 feet, 2-minute walk)


Apteka (0.4 miles, 8-minute walk)
Soju (0.2 miles, 4-minute walk)
Mixtape (0.2 miles, 4-minute walk)
Spork (0.7 miles, 12-minute walk)

To learn more about the neighborhood and what the area has to offer, click here.


There is ample parking in the area around Creative Nonfiction. Most of the streets surrounding the office are permit areas with one-hour parking from 7 AM until 7 PM, Monday to Saturday. Metered parking, with a 4-hour maximum limit, is always available on Penn Avenue and is enforced Monday through Saturday, 8 AM until 6 PM. 

Depending on when you are visiting, here are some helpful tips for finding free parking:


For visits longer than one hour, we recommend parking on Coral Street east of S. Pacific Avenue (near the Aldi) or across Penn Avenue (north) because you do not need to pay a meter or hold a residential permit for these areas.


After 4 PM, free parking opens up on Coral Street in front of the Waldorf School, which is directly across the street from the Creative Nonfiction office. The metered parking spaces on Penn Avenue are also free after 6 PM. Street parking is free after 7 PM.


Parking also opens up on Coral Street, in front of the Waldorf School, during the weekends. The metered parking spaces on Penn Avenue are free after 6 PM on Saturday and all day on Sunday.

If driving, please be sure to check all signs carefully as parking enforcement may change without notice.

You can also travel to CNF via public transportation or by using ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft. The closest bus stops are located at the intersections of Penn Avenue and Winebiddle Street or Penn Avenue and Evaline Street; there are also nearby bus stops at Friendship Avenue. Learn more here.

Visiting From Out of Town

Not from Pittsburgh, but wish to visit? The area surrounding CNF has many lodging options available. Find out more, here.

Questions? Please contact us, at  information@creativenonfiction.org or call us at 412-404-2975.