There are only a few personal qualities and life circumstances that writers need to achieve their writing dreams. Jean will discuss some of the ways we can fan the spark, make the grit, keep the faith, create the community, and court the luck that will enable us to do our best work.
What do art history, organic geochemistry, literary theory, astronomy, philosophy, and genetics all have in common? One answer is that they are a few of the many scholarly disciplines that have recently appeared in fiction. Presenter Jean Hegland and her colleague Susan M. Gaines have coined the term "Nerd Novel" to describe novels that incorporate a specific field of study or body of knowledge into their plots, conflicts, characters, and themes. Jean will describe this fascinating new trend in fiction and discuss some of the particular pleasures that Nerd Novels can offer to both experts and novices in the fields they explore. Expect to leave with lots of great suggestions for what to read next!
The Glaser Center
In the first hour of this long-running group, we discuss the book we’ve just read. In the second hour, we talk with the author about what it took to create it and other engrossing topics. Four Mondays: (THE WALKING - Laleh Khadivi), Jan 29; (KING OF CUBA - Cristina García), Feb 26; (STILL TIME- Jean Hegland), Mar. 26; (SWALLOWING MERCURY - Wioletta Greg and SUCH SMALL HANDS - Andres Barba), April
Book Passage Corte Madera
Jean Hegland and Gayle Greene will discuss Gayle's new memoir MISSING PERSONS, a beautifully written and deeply moving story about dealing with death in a culture that gives no help. http://www.gaylegreene.org/missing-persons.html
Join us for an evening with Sonoma County’s own Jean Hegland. Jean’s most recent novel, Still Time, is about a Shakespeare scholar’s attempts to come to terms with his life and reconcile with his estranged daughter as he struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. Booklist described it as “Heartbreaking in the best possible way.” Her first novel, Into the Forest, has been translated into over a dozen languages, was adapted into a movie that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015, and has recently become a best seller in France. The event will be followed by wine, cheese and conversation in the lobby.
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
I'll be giving public presentations for the festival Lettres du monde and the festival Lettres d'automne and in a variety of bookstores and libraries. I will also be meeting with students in a number of schools around Bordeaux and Nice who have read Dans la forêt
In conversation with Abby Geni, Ian McGuire, and Marcus Malte
Festival Étonnants Voyagers, Saint Malo
Charles M. Schultz Museum
The question that drives Jean Hegland’s most recent novel, Still Time, is whether aging Shakespeare scholar John Wilson can find a way to reconcile with his video gamer daughter before dementia overtakes him. In her talk, Hegland will describe the inception and evolution of Still Time, and address the challenges of writing a novel that has fascinated and moved both readers who have no interest in Shakespeare as well as those who are Shakespeare enthusiasts and even experts. In addition, Hegland will discuss the pleasures of incorporating Shakespeare’s language, themes, and questions about recognition and reconciliation into her own story.
Hemingway Literary Center, Boise State University
This class will use brief lectures, lively discussions, and in-class writing exercises to explore important elements of fiction such as character, plot, and point of view. Participants can expect to discover inspiration for new stories and/or to continue to develop the stories they are currently working on.
Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education
9:30: Registration, coffee/muffins. 9:50: Welcome & Introductions. 10:00: Ellen Sussman. 10:55: Karen MacNeil. 11:45: Lunch. 12:15: Visit/book signing. 1:00: Vanessa Diffenbaugh. 1:50: Jean Hegland. 2:40: Visit with the authors, sip something refreshing, and gather autographs.
Pleasant Hill Community Center
MAKING THE MOST OF CONFLICT Almost every successful story is fueled by conflict. This workshop will use brief lectures, lively discussions, and supportive writing exercises to explore how writers of fiction and memoir can take full advantage of the opportunities for storytelling, plot formation, and character development that conflict provides.
Mendocino College Fort Bragg Center
First Year Year Experience Program Talk
Sonoma State University
How can we teach readers what they need to know to understand our stories while keeping them engaged with characters who are, essentially, nerds?
Los Angeles Convention Center