The Traveler's Practice: Journey and Journal
The best trips continue long after we’ve returned home: in memory, in the stories we tell, and in the ways we reorient our lives. But how do we catch in words the light above the Seine, or the way the California coastline opens us up? How do we turn sights into lasting insights and use the landscape around us to unlock the treasures within? By keeping a travel journal, we can deepen our experiences and increase present-moment awareness. Writing can help us become our truest selves.
Join renowned writers Pico Iyer and Janet Fitch for an intimate exploration of your inner and outer worlds through the lens of travel writing. Pico and Janet will use readings, periods of silence, exercises, and spirited discussions to explore how to catch the smells of a souq in Morocco or the spaciousness of a Colorado mountain, and how to give life to the way they make you feel. If travel is recorded vividly and searchingly, it can be a way of waking up the senses and bringing us back to our deepest home. Invoking writers such as Annie Dillard, Henry Miller, Leonard Cohen, Anais Nin, and a chorus of others to inspire the group, you can discover how every trip can be a kind of transport and how writing about your travels can be the first step toward transformation.
To register, go to www.esalen.org
Panels, talks and readings at a spectacular Great Lakes resort. Looking forward to it!
Panel: Epics Old & New
I hit the jackpot of panels at the LA Times Festival of books this year, when I'll be in the incredible company of Madeline Miller (Circe), Laila Lalami (The Moor's Account), AG Lombardo (Graffiti Palace).-- talking about The Revolution of Marina M. What epic panel could be without a Russian epic? Moderated by Chris Daley, so I know it's going to sparkle. Hope to see you there!
Three panels: Event #1:
Saturday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am Location:Koffler Room 204
Panelists:Jim Fergus, Janet Fitch, Melody Winnower. Join these celebrated authors as they discuss indomitable characters who wrestle with grief, test the bonds of love, and refuse to be subdued or defeated by some of the most dramatic events of the centuries in which they live.
Location:Student Union Santa Rita
Sunday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Panelists:Jim Fergus, Janet Fitch, Shobha Rao
Sunday, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Panelists:Melanie Benjamin, Jillian Cantor, Janet Fitch. Moderator:Pam Treadwell-Rubin
The Tucson Festival of Books is held each year on the campus of the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Structuring the Novel: Methods, Approaches, Ideas. (Janet Fitch, Lindsey Drager, Christian Kiefer, Matthew Salesses, Derek Palacio) The methods of structuring book-length fiction are as numerous as they are difficult, especially in an era where the very idea of the "novel" is being called into question. Bringing together a diverse group of panelists with very different methods of structure, this panel strives to offer concrete answers to your structuring questions. What method might work best for the novel you are writing? How best to move forward? To outline or not to outline? How much to plan?
Author talk and book signing. Event held at Cal State University, Fullerton, benefiting the Assistance League of Fullerton. Eight authors chosen across a variety of genres.
For more information, go to Alpha Day of Authors
Feb. 17, 2018, California State University, Fullerton
Joint reading with Janet Fitch and Florencia Ramirez (Eat Less Water).
A joint reading and signing with environmental activist Florencia Ramirez, a "sister" from the AROHO Retreat in Abiquiu New Mexico, where I first met this remarkable young woman and learned about her project and her blog EAT LESS WATER .
Florencia has long been examining ways in which we can do more to preserve water in this time of climate change: better ways to grow our food, making more responsible (and surprising) choices in what we buy and how we see the future of water.
I wanted to do an event with her to celebrate her book, EAT LESS WATER, just published by Red Hen Press, as well as my own new book, THE REVOLUTION OF MARINA M. , and the radical power of women.
I hear craft tequila will be served!
In this conversation with Jill Alexander Essbaum, I will be discussing my path to publication, the two films made from my books, the ten years I spent on The Revolution of Marina M., and how to sustain a career as a writer of literary fiction.
Available to current UCR MFA creative writing students and those considering applying for the program. See UCR Palm Desert MFA in Creative Writing website for more information.
The Community of Writers in collaboration with Stories on Stage Sacramento is proud to present New York Times bestselling author of White Oleander Janet Fitch in conversation with Capital Public Radio’s Beth Ruyak.
For tickets and more information: The Community of Writers Presents An Evening With Janet Fitch