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Victoria Zackheim Personal Essays

These are my panels and short courses:
Thursday, February 15
Panel: Workshopping Your Pitch Aloud: Novel & Memoir Writing

Friday, February 16
Panel: Nonfiction- Writing Memoir or Autobiographical Fiction
Course I'm teaching: Nonfiction: Personal Essays

Saturday, February 17
Panel: Nonfictin- How to How-Tos (the ins and outs of practical nonfiction)

Monday, February 19
Personal Essay and Memoir
The Acorn Class: Taking an idea and developing it into a range of genres (theater, film novel, memoir, poetry, etc.)

In this collection, twenty-four authors explore their faith, what they believe today, and how they came to those beliefs. Included are: Barbara Abercrombie, Tamim Ansary, Lee Chamberlin, David Corbett, Beverly Donofrio, Amanda Enayati, Amy Ferris, Susana Frank, Bonnie Garvin, Barbara Graham, Pam Houston, Carrie Kabak, Aviva Layton, Caroline Leavitt, Malachy McCourt, David Misch, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Christine O'Hagan, Anne Perry, Mara Purl, Dianne Rinehart, Sylvie Simmons, Frank Dabba Smith, Victoria Zackheim


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I love you. The meeting ran late. I want a divorce. One little word, one casual lie, one devastating announcement -- and our lives are turned upside down forever. In He Said What?: Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed, twenty-five gifted women writers share profoundly personal moments in which men in their lives said something�good or bad�that changed them irrevocably. This eclectic group of essays is fascinating, heartbreaking, hilarious. Most of all, each one demonstrates the incredible power that words have in influencing our lives.

What happens when you realize that your picture-perfect boyfriend is a liar and a bully? Or when you dedicate your life to someone who suddenly orders you to pack your bags and leave? What does it feel like when your brother tells you he's gay? Imagine attending an international conference on women's rights, only to discover that nearly every right has been trampled ... and things at home aren't going so well, either!

Funny, provocative, touching, thrilling, He Said What? illustrates the powerful impact the right, or wrong, words can have on our lives. Contributing authors include: Barbara Abercrombie, Beverly Donofrio, Margot Duxler, Amy Ferris, Abby Frucht, BJ Gallagher, Jane Ganahl, Bonnie Garvin, Sherry Glaser-Love, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Rose Guilbault, Pam Houston, Carrie Kabak, Caroline Leavitt, Maxinne Leighton, Joyce Maynard, Christine O�Hagan, Mary Pols, Karen Quinn, Dianne Rinehart, Colleen Robinson, Jenny Rough, Clea Simon, Starhawk, Victoria Zackheim.

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Beyond Words - February 2015

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“This is a great anthology—soul-searching and profoundly moving. Faith reaches into the heart of a person's being, be one a believer, an agnostic or an atheist. I laughed, I cried, but most of all I was inspired to consider: What do I believe?” (Sandra Gulland, international bestselling author of the Josephine B. Trilogy and The Shadow Queen)

“This collection of touching, honest, outrageous and outraged essays challenges all of us to explore our own personal truths. As we read, even those of us who are ‘non-believers,’ are drawn into conversation with our better selves. That is the gift of this book.” (Suzanne Braun Levine, author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives)

“Must we pray to express our faith?” asks author and editor Zackheim (The Bone Weaver) in the introduction to this collection of essays. “And must faith always be tied to God?” A diverse selection of writers offer an equally diverse set of views on those questions, with responses ranging from comedian David Misch’s argument for reason and responsibility over spirituality, to Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith’s case for interfaith collaboration as a humanitarian alternative to fascism and strife. Despite the wide variety of the writers’ perspectives, some common ideas emerge. Many of the writings, especially those on the loss or rediscovery of faith, concern the difference between faith as it is taught by organized religions and as it is experienced in everyday life; believers and nonbelievers alike caution against the dehumanization that is a consequence of dogmatism. The strongest tests of faith recounted here come in the face of tragedy: incurable illness, brutality, and death leave no recourse but transformative grace, whether human or divine." (Publishers Weekly)

"Questions of faith can ignite a conversation or stop it cold, depending on the beliefs of those conversing. Editor Zackheim (author, editor, playwright; The Bone Weaver) opens a Pandora's box when she asks fellow writer friends to answer a question we all consider at some point in life: What do I believe? Twenty-three personal essays later, Zackheim presents a distinct collection that is honest, thought provoking, outrageous, and endearing. Best-selling author Anne Perry expresses her contemplative journey steeped in faith, while the equally prolific Jacquelyn Mitchard apologetically explains why she remains an atheist. Malachy McCourt has no regrets for his disbelief in his self-proclaimed "anti-religion rant," as Dianne Rinehart writes a mini-manifesto against robotic love. This multifaceted collection is not meant to sway nonbelievers nor to champion those of faith; it is a refreshing reminder that we are free to choose our own path. VERDICT Short, accessible essays for readers with an interest in cultural studies, theology, psychology, and personal writings." (Library Journal)

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