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Writer's Circle: How to Write Stunning Sentences with Nina Schuyler

Every month The Hivery invites new and established authors to share their wisdom, experiences and resources for writers and non-writers who love books.

Nina Schuyler - The Hivery Writer's Circle

Our facilitator and published author Thais Derich guides the conversation to offer support and cheer each other on while participating your own personal or professional writing venture.

On January 10th, 12. 30 - 1. 45 pm we will welcome author Nina Schuyler who will be talking to us about HOW TO WRITE STUNNING SENTENCES, a book for writers of all kinds, published by Fiction Advocate in October 2018.

Literary Nonfiction. Writing. Composition. You've got a great story, but do you have great sentences? Stylish sentences have their own powerful energy that mesmerizes and even rearranges a reader's world. Think of this book as a private lesson with Nina Schuyler--award-winning author and professor of creative writing at the University of San Francisco--featuring guest appearances by the masters, including James Baldwin, Grace Paley, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and Toni Morrison. They've arrived to show you the mechanics of their magic. With 25 essays and over 100 writing prompts, HOW TO WRITE STUNNING SENTENCES is the best way to expand your writing style.

Nina Schuyler's THE TRANSLATOR, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her first novel, THE PAINTING, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as a Best Book for 2004 and by MSNBC as a "fearless debut." See more in her bio below.

"Nina Schuyler's HOW TO WRITE STUNNING SENTENCES is like a Kama Sutra for sentences: it describes the positions and passions of her artful love, and through sharp analyses and generous prompts suggests how you too, writer, may become such an artful lover...Read it and the pleasure will be yours."--Aaron Shurin

The Writer's Circle is facilitated by Hivery Member, Thais Derich. Thais Derich's memoir—Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after a Cesarean (She Writes Press, May 9, 2017)—was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews' 2017 Book of the Year Award. Second Chance was also a finalist for the Creative Non-Fiction Magazine’s Baby Anthology. Thais is an international writer and public speaker on "Being the Hero of Your Life" and "Seeing Invisible Choices" in childbirth and beyond! She is also the founder of the "Write Your Impact" book program.

As seats are limited, advance online registration is required. Free for members. $30 for non-members. BYO brown-bag lunch discussion.  All are welcome!

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About Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler - The Hivery Writer's Circle

Nina Schuyler’s book The Translator won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. It was named a Recommended Book by the San Francisco Chronicle,  and has been translated into Hebrew, Taiwanese and Chinese. 

Nina Schuyler's first novel, The Painting, (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004), was a finalist for the Northern California Book Awards. It was also selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Best Books of 2004, and dubbed a “fearless debut” by MSNBC and a “great debut” by the Rocky Mountain News. It’s been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Serbian.

Her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her poems and short stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Santa Clara Review, Fugue, The Meadowland Review, The Battered Suitcase, and other literary journals. She writes a column for Fiction Advocate that focuses on stunning sentences and reviews books for   The Rumpus and The Children’s Book Review. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco and writing classes at Book Passage.

She attended Stanford University for her undergraduate degree, earned a law degree at Hastings College of the Law and an MFA in fiction with an emphasis on poetry at San Francisco State University.



WRITER CIRCLE TESTIMONIAL

"It’s a real testimonial to your Writing Group because I felt supported and therefore took bigger risks in my writing.  I am very grateful. Lots of high fives to you." - Lisa Pepper-Satkin, Executive Therapeutic Coach, MA, MFT after getting paid for placement of her essay. 

PAST GUESTS

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of the best-seller novel THE NEST; Melissa Cistaro, author of NCIBA BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2015 winner PIECES OF MY MOTHER; Elizabeth Stark, author of SHY GIRL; Heather Young, author of LOST GIRLS winner of the 2017 Strand Critics Award for Best Debut Novel; Nina Schuyler, author of THE TRANSLATOR winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction; Katherine Ozment author of GRACE WITHOUT GOD winner of Publisher Weekly's Best Books of 2016; Kaitlin Solimine author of EMPIRE OF GLASS short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize; Jill Dodd, author of The Currency of Love, and Victoria Piontek, literary associate and author of The Spirit Of Cattail County, Sarah Cannon, author of The Shame Of Losing.