Manzanita Writers’ Series Features Nicole Hardy on May 21st

nicole hardyNicole Hardy will read from her memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin, at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, May 21, 2016, with a writing workshop during the day.

“Her struggle between trying to be the woman her community expects her to become and her growing conviction that she must be herself, is one I won’t soon forget.” –Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch.

Hardy’s memoir was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling–a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times, and has been adapted for radio and stage. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was noted in 2012’s “Best American Essays.”

Hardy earned her MFA at the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and serves on the Board of Directors at Mineral School Artist Residency.

During the day Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., she will lead a workshop: Writing Our Personal Stories.  Students will divide their time among lecture, discussion, and writing exercises to delve into the art of creating memoir from memory. Nicole will pass on lessons learned the hard way, show samples from other authors, and explain how novelists’ techniques can be useful in writing memoir.

Registration fee for the workshop is $30. THE WORKSHOP IS FULL.

Following Hardy’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Confessions.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

Nicole Hardy to Lead Writing Workshop – Writing Our Personal Stories CLASS FULL

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THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

On Saturday, May 21st from 1 to 4 p.m., author Nicole Hardy will lead a workshop: Writing Our Personal Stories.  Students will divide our time among lecture, discussion, and writing exercises as we delve into the art of creating memoir from memory. Nicole will pass on some lessons she learned the hard way, show samples from other authors, and explain how novelists’ techniques can be useful in writing creative nonfiction.

The workshop will cover why creative non-fiction is important and similar to or different from writing fiction, and discuss topics that are central to writing personal stories.  Students will also learn essential elements of craft including narrative structure, scene vs. summary, dialogue, characterization, narrative voice, and cultivating vulnerability.

Nicole will also include her best advice on writing & publishing creative non-fiction.

Click here to register for the class.  Tuition is $30.

Nicole is the featured author for the Manzanita Writers’ Series at 7 pm that same Saturday.  She’ll read from her memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), which was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling–a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times, and has been adapted for radio and stage. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was noted in 2012’s “Best American Essays.” She earned her MFA at the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and serves on the Board of Directors at Mineral School Artist Residency. Visit her at authorNicoleHardy.com.