Writing at Amherst College and Forbes Library, Write/Angles, PACE art show

August 20, 2017

Tags: write/angles, speaking, panel, historical fiction, Mt. Holyoke, Forbes Library, writing room, Amherst College, Don Stinson, PACE Art Center, Draft, Parker, Susan Stinson, Venus of Chalk

Here are some the things I've got coming up:

I'm teaching Fiction Writing 1 at Amherst College in Fall 2017. That is utterly exciting. I love the work of trying to help young writers develop their craft to sustain the work that they are most excited about doing.

I'm also speaking to the wonderful Global Valley Course at Amherst College. The students read my novel, Spider in a Tree as part of a fantastic survey of the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

If you're not an Amherst College student, you can writing with me at the Writing Room on Saturday mornings, 9:30-12:30 in the Watson Room on the mezzanine of Forbes Library, which is the public library in Northampton. It's mostly silent writing, with check-ins at the beginning and at 11:45.

I'll be on a panel about writing historical fiction at the Write/Angles Conference , Sunday, November 18 at Mt. Holyoke conference. All are welcome to register.

Finally, in Colorado, I'm excited to have an excerpt from my novel Venus of Chalk being shown alongside a painting by my brother Don Stinson at Draft , at the Parker PACE Arts Center in Parker, Colorado. The ekphrastic show, which puts the work of writers and visual artists in conversation with each other, will be on display in the PACE Center Art Gallery from September 1 to October 31.

Please do check out these events, and there's still time to apply for my Fiction Writing I class if you're an Amherst College Student.

New Blog Here

August 7, 2017

Tags: susan stinson, events

From 2003 until earlier this year, I blogged at another site. At its peak, the site created a lively gift of playful, helpful community for me. I loved it, and used it often. I wrote about many experiences that came from writing, publishing, and traveling with my novels. I shared so much joy in the writing of others. The old venue both lost energy and developed a problem with censorship. I realized that I needed to find a new site. So, for now, I'll be posting events and news here on my website. These will be sporadic. I might only do it when I need a spot to link to on social media, where I use Facebook and Twitter.

Perhaps at some point I'll bring back old posts from the archives of my previous blog. For now, though, I'm just saying hello.

Selected Works

Novels
From Small Beer Press! "Like Jonathan Edwards, Stinson reads the natural world as well as Scripture, searching for meaning. But instead of the portents of an angry god, what she finds there is something numinous, complicated, and radiantly human." -Alison Bechdel
Single minded, indomitable Carline is on a fast bus to Texas. This is one ride you won't want to miss." -Alison Smith
I can think of no-one who writes with more love, passion, and precision about the pleasures of the body and the pleasures of the soul, and that nebulous intersection of body and soul.-Elizabeth McCracken
Susan Stinson's first novel is full of big, beautiful language and her main character, Char, is one of the best teenaged heroines I've ever met.-Judith Katz
Blog Posts
Blog posts about being Writer in Residence at Forbes Library
Anthology
Letter to my young, queer self. As seen on The View.
Novel Excerpts
Blog Posts
Essays on Teaching as Community; Jonathan Edwards; Henry James; Fiction and Misdirection; and Poetry in Northampton for the Public Humanist, hosted by the Massachusetts Humanities Council.
Podcasts

Links