Next Writers Conference 101 set for March 2, at Ferguson Books and Media


Amy Halvorson

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The next University of North Dakota Writers Conference 101 is set for March 2, at Ferguson Books and Media.

The focus of this session will be on the book The Rest of Us, written by Jessica Lott.

The session will be led by Megan Hurley, a graduate student in the UND Department of English. All sessions are on Sundays, 2-3:30 p.m., and there is no cost or need to do homework.

Writers Conference 101 sessions are designed to get people acquainted with the authors who have been invited to the 45thAnnual UND Writers Conference, which is set for April 2-4.

Each session begins with a brief overview of the author, followed by questions and discussion about their book. Organizers encourage everyone to stop by for the discussions, even if they have not had a chance to read the books.

Books for the 2014 Writers Conference are on sale at the UND Bookstore and at Ferguson Books and Media.

About Jessica Lott:

Lott is a New York City–based fiction and arts writer. Her first novel, The Rest of Us, is now out from Simon & Schuster and garnering rave reviews from NPR "Fresh Air," The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast and elsewhere.

Her novella Osin won the Novella Award from Low Fidelity Press, judged by Aimee Bender. In addition to Osin, she has published short fiction, essays, and art reviews in the U.S. and internationally, including The New York Times , frieze and The Modern Spectator; her art criticism won the Arts Writer's Prize from the Frieze Foundation in London, and has been translated into Spanish. She holds an MA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Boston University, where she won the Graduate Fiction Award, and an MA in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She was an editorial advisor for the opening of The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, the first of its kind in the U.S., and was on the selection panel for Feminism Now, a symposium on contemporary feminist art scholarship; she has been a Solomon Resident in Art Criticism with the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, and is currently on the advisory board for With Food in Mind as well as several art nonprofits in New York.

Lott has taught writing at universities and workshops and edits and consults on art catalogues for the New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Joan Mitchell/CUE Foundation, Philbrook Museum, and Brooklyn Museum. She writes a monthly column, "Alchemy of Inspiration," for PBS: Art21.

Remaining Writers Conference 101 schedule follows:

At Ferguson Books and Media:

March 16: Colson Whitehead- Apex Hides the Hurt (Eric Wolfe, associate professor of English)