How I Write: A Conversation with Nancy Packer

Sponsored by Continuing Studies


Thursday, February 3, 2011
7:30 pm –
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Pigott Hall (Bldg. 260), Room 113

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Nancy Packer has published six books. Small Moments received the Commonwealth Club of California Award for fiction and is called “moving, amusing, touching, and even frightening.” In My Father’s House is a nonfiction work in stories about Packer’s growing up among boisterous siblings and a strong-willed father who was a member of Congress. The Women Who Walk chronicles the lives of women in midlife travails; as one critic said, “It’s hard to see how these stories could be better.” In a lighter mood, Jealous- Hearted Me, which received the Alabama Library Association Award, tells the story of the opinionated, outrageous Momma and her long-suffering daughter and son-in-law. Packer’s stories have been widely anthologized, including in O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Stories. She has also co-authored two textbooks, The Short Story: An Introduction and Writing Worth Reading, both published in multiple editions.

Packer was a professor in the Stanford English Department, teaching creative writing, and received both the Dinkelspiel Award and the Dean’s Award for excellence in teaching. Twice she served on the Pulitzer Selection Committee for fiction. Packer is the widow of Herbert Packer, who was a professor of law and vice provost at Stanford. Their two children, Ann and George, are both writers.

Hilton Obenzinger, an accomplished fiction and nonfiction writer and lecturer in the Department of English, American Studies, and Continuing Studies, will engage Nancy Packer in conversation, focusing on the techniques, quirks, and joys of writing history and biography.

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