A panel discussion on writing about girlhood (with Sarah McColl and Lauren Waterman) and book signing during the Sarah Lawrence College Alumni Festival.
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.
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.
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/
Join Jessica Hendry Nelson, Valeria Luissili, and Leslie Jamison at The Community Bookstore in Brooklyn. The authors will read from their work and participate in a panel discussion on female essayists.
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.
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
Beyond Thresholds - a Reading w/Nick Flynn, David Shields, Melissa Febos, JD Scott, Jean Kim, and Jessica Hendry Nelson
Hosted by Rob Spillman of Tin House.
Libations, designer water, social awkwardness and, of course, stellar company.
An AWP Offsite Event.
(Just a couple blocks from the convention center!)
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.
Debut Lit presents a book release and a celebration of three debut authors.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
191 Bank Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401