I'll be moderating the first of a science-writer speaker series for Johns Hopkins University's M.A. in Science Writing Program. Our guest will be Florence Williams, a freelance science journalist and author of the 2017 book The Nature Fix, which explores how nature can make us healthier and happier. This informal chat on the book and the craft of science writing is on Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m. at the DC center at 1717 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036 and livestreamed.
Talks & Readings - book in progress & "Shenandoah"
COMING SOON: June 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. Talk and reading, Colonial Dames of America, Charlottesville Chapter, annual meeting, Madison, VA.
January 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m.: Talk and reading, College of Charleston, Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, Arnold Hall, 96 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC.
February 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Reading, off-site program for Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Johns Hopkins University faculty reading, 1717 Massachusetts Ave, Washington, DC. Open to the public.
February 9, 2017, 1:30 p.m.: Panelist for "Expand Your Range: Yes, Writing Can Be Taught Well Online." Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, Washington, DC.
July 19, 2015. Moderator and panelist, “Writing the Southern Appalachians,” with David Taylor and Katrina Powell. Appalachian Trail Conservancy biennial conference, Winchester, VA.
April 10, 2015, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.: Panelist for "The Research Behind the Writing," with Laura Long, Allen Gee, Mark O'Connor, and Peter Selgin. Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, Minneapolis, MN.
"Shenandoah" Book Talks & Readings, 2014 - 2017
January 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Speaker for the Shenandoah Valley Lyceum, Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. Open to the public, $10 at the door.
November 13, 2016, 4:00 p.m.: Speaker for the Annual Meeting of the Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy. Stanardsville, VA.
September 25, 2016, 2:00: Speaker at John Marshall Library, Fauquier County, VA. Open to the public.
September 21, 2016, 4:00: Speaker at James Madison University, Special Collections, Carrier Library. Open to the public.
May 15, 2016, 2:00 p.m.: Speaker at Madison County Historical Society, Madison, VA. Open to the public.
November 11, 2015: Speaker for Arlington Retired Teachers Association annual meeting. Arlington, VA.
October 23, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Words and Wine Benefit, Friends of the Catonsville Library, book sales and signing. 1100 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD.
October 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m.: Speaker at Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S. Main Street. Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Open to the public.
October 7, 2015, 7:00 p.m.: Featured speaker for members of the Cosmopolitan Club, 1616 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA.
April 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m. reception/7:00 p.m. faculty reading: Johns Hopkins University faculty reading, with Dave Housley and Michelle Brafman, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington DC. Open to the public.
March 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m.: Speaker at The Athenaeum, Philadelphia, PA.
March 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m.: Virginia Festival of the Book, "Tales From the Appalachians," talk, reading, and Q&A, with Brian King of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Greene County Library, 222 Main Street, Suite 101, Stanardsville, VA.
February 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.: Speaker at Arlington Historical Society. Marymount University, Rowley G127, 2807 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA.
BOOK LAUNCH! February 1, 2015, 2:00 p.m.: The Writers Center, reading, signing, and reception, with poet Saundra Rose Maley. 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD.
September 26, 2014: Blue Ridge Community College, Appalachian Heritage Arts Series, reading and panel discussion on "The Displacement of Families and Shenandoah National Park." Weyers Cave, VA. With Katrina Powell, Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup, and SNP employee Claire Comer. September 13, 2014: Featured speaker for Rapidan Society of the Shenandoah National Park Trust (private event), Skyland, Shenandoah National Park, VA.
"When I signed up for Sue’s workshop, I'd anticipated from classmate-friends that I was in for an intensive learning treat. However, I did not foresee how superlative this course would be. Sue’s mini-lectures, discussion posts, and critiques on our writings are smart, eloquently expressed, and always keep us focused on principles of good writing."
The Nature of Nature, Spring 2019, Johns Hopkins University M.A. in Science Writing Program.
Science-Medical Writing Workshop, Fall 2018, Johns Hopkins University M.A. in Science Writing Program.
The Nature of Nature, Spring 2018, Johns Hopkins University M.A. in Science Writing Program
Thesis & Careers in Science Writing, Fall 2017, Johns Hopkins University M.A. in Science Writing Program.