Mar
31
9:00am 9:00am

AWP Conference Panel

The Science of Story: Creative Nonfiction and Cognitive Science. (Sean Prentiss,  Jessica Hendry Nelson,  Nancer Ballard,  Dave Madden) New research in cognitive/neuroscience illuminates how and why creative nonfiction works. Panelists explore why our perception of time slows during crisis and how to replicate crisis on the page (showing) and why the best nonfiction engages the prefrontal cortex through introspection, reflection, and speculation (components of telling). This panel examines elements of creative nonfiction and offers suggestions on how we can use science to improve our writing and writing lives.

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Reading/Discussion at Charlotte Public Library
May
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Reading/Discussion at Charlotte Public Library

Jessica Hendry Nelson's searing new book, If Only You People Could Follow Directions, was named best debut book by the Indies Introduce New Voices program and the January 2014 Indies Next List by the American Booksellers' Association. She joins us to share her thoughts and inspirations as a writer and a reader in this authors read session for May.

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Tables of Content Gala Dinner at the Rutland, VT Library
May
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

Tables of Content Gala Dinner at the Rutland, VT Library

Jessica will be dining with other local authors and the community at the Rutland, Vermont library's gala evening to celebrate 127 years of providing free public library service to our community. Dine with distinguished regional authors in the Fox Room and support Rutland Free Library. Early bird tickets $95; $115 after April 4, available at the library.

For tickets, go to: http://rutlandfree.org/events/tables-of-content-friday-may-2/

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Creative Nonfiction Master Class
Mar
15
to Mar 16

Creative Nonfiction Master Class

  • Renegade Writers' Collective (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creative nonfiction writers: commit yourself to a weekend of writing, workshopping, and learning new approaches to the craft alongside other dedicated writers. The Renegade Writers' Collective is offering a two-day intensive for new and experienced nonfiction writers to learn and practice some of the new forms of the modern essay. This is an opportunity to set aside one weekend to reinvigorate, refocus, and re-imagine your writing! Writers will meet from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on both days to learn about the craft through the study of successful published examples, discuss techniques, practice the forms through guided exercises, and receive feedback on your work. Store your lunch in our refrigerator or grab lunch at one of the many nearby restaurants during break.

Schedule:

Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Lyric and Braided Essay taught by Jessica Hendry Nelson

Sunday, March 16, 2014 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Flash Nonfiction taught by Jericho Parms

Visit www.renegadewritersvt.com/takeclasses/ to register.

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Strange Families: Domestic Families Illuminating Social Issues (An AWP Panel Discussion)
Mar
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Strange Families: Domestic Families Illuminating Social Issues (An AWP Panel Discussion)

Strange Families: Domestic Stories Illuminating Social
Issues. (Liza Monroy, John Christian Sevcik, Brian Gresko, Kassi Underwood, Jessica Hendry Nelson)
Redwood Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor

Memoirists have the unique ability to explore the intersection of their
personal and family lives with high-stakes issues: a gay immigration
marriage leads to questioning the institution and laws, a son sent to
Samoa examines privatized camps for difficult teens, and a stay-at-home
father faces gender discrimination. How do memoirists parlay their domestic lives into discussion of larger social issues? We will also offer techniques on how to mine this potential in your own family story.

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Trifecta: a Reading of Three Debut Books
Feb
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Trifecta: a Reading of Three Debut Books

Debut Lit presents a book release and a celebration of three debut authors. 

POETRY

Lorraine Doran, Phrasebook for the Pleiades

Doran’s debut poetry collection won the 2012 Cider Press Book Award and was released in January of 2014 by Cider Press Review. Judge Gray Jacobik calls Doran’s poems “works of strong polyvalence and resonance.”

 

NONFICTION

Jessica Hendry Nelson, If Only You People Could Follow Directions

Nelson’s debut essay collection was selected for the Spring 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices list from the American Booksellers Association. Kirkus called it "an unforgettable debut,” and it’s been recommended by O magazine, Elle magazine, the Boston Globe and others.

 

FICTION

Kristen Millares Young, Subduction

City Arts Magazine recently excerpted Young’s debut novel, which is set on the Makah Indian Reservation, in Neah Bay, Wash, and the Stranger called her one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction.”

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Reading & Publishing Talk
Feb
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

Reading & Publishing Talk

  • Windridge Books of Vermont/Writers' Barn (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join author Jessica Hendry Nelson, author of the memoir If Only You People Could Follow Directions, and co-founder of the Renegade Writer's Collective for a reading, publishing, and marketing discussion. Nelson will read from her new book and discuss her journey to publication, as well as answer questions about various avenues and strategies for bringing your book to market. We will also discuss marketing and publicity once your book is out in the world.

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Jan
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Launch!

Join us at Phoenix Books in Burlington, Vermont, for the official launch of If Only You People Could Follow Directions.  Jessica will read from the book, answer questions, and sign copies.  After party to follow.  More information coming soon.

Phoenix Books

191 Bank Street

Burlington, Vermont 05401

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