“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.