Upcoming Readings or Events
Faces of the Petrified Forest
A National Park Service
Artists-in-Residence Profile Project
Susan McElhinney, Photographer
Mary Collins, Writer
Friday, January 10, 2014
6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
The Barns, Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
http://ww.wolftrap.org for directions
FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Prose/photo portraits of people who work, volunteer and visit the Petrified Forest.
Performance by the Atlantic Brass Quartet to follow at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $35 and can be purchased at http://www.wolftrap.org/Barns.aspx.
Visitors to the exhibit are not obliged to attend the concert.
Other Authors You Should Read
Books on my night table:
Nickel and Dimed
Story Craft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction
University of Chicago, 2011
Writer * Professor * Public Speaker
PETRIFIED FOREST National Park Service Artists-in-Residence Project
Mary Collins and Susan McElhinney created a prose/photo profile project of people that work, volunteer and visit the Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert in AZ. The official Exhibit will open on January 10, 2014 at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA.
Nine Themed CT American Revolution Tours
Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen, Nathan Hale, Israel Putnam--these are just a few of the CT characters who played complex roles in the Revolution. Our tours follow carefully crafted narrative threads that tell layered stories. Visit the website and discover Google Maps (access them from your cell phone!), cue sheets, biographies and more. It's all FREE.
Sample American Idle Chapter (238.8KB)
Sample Award-Winning Essay (598.8KB)
National Geographic Books
**Twenty year career as a writer and editor in Washington, DC for a range of clients, including National Geographic, the Smithsonian and Discovery Channel
**Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction, Central Connecticut State University (2007 to present); Winner Teaching Award 2010; Director of Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
**Part-time professor at Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing Program, Washington, DC (1995-2007); Winner Teaching Award 2003; Winner Professional Achievement Award 2002; taught two graduate classes a term, ran the monthly reading series and helped oversee as many as 80 nonfiction advisees
**Veteran Guest Speaker for a range of clients, including Commencement Speaker, Boston University School of Public Health, 2010; Plenary Speaker, Annual Convention, National Center for Biking and Walking, 2010; Keynote speaker for a range of City Planning Annual Conventions and Bike/Walk advocacy groups across the country
**Workshop leader and Writing Advisor for a range of corporate clients, including town governments, insurance companies, law offices; panelist at several major writing conferences, including Cape Cod Writers Conference, Baltimore Writers Conference and the Stonecoast Program in Maine
**Award-winning book author and essayist: Winner Grand Prize for Nonfiction at the 2010 Indie Book Awards; Best Book of the Year, American Independent Writers Group, 2010; Best Essay of the Year, Amercian Independent Writers, 2009; Best Essay of the Year, American Society of Journalists and Authors, 2003; Top 10 best YA Biography of the Year on Booklist and NY Public Library, 2003 and others
Agent: Kathi Paton, Kathi Paton Literary Agency