Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village provides Lake Tahoe residents and visitors the opportunity to see great writers read and discuss their work at the Writers in the Woods speaker series. Each event includes a free reading on Friday evening and an inexpensive workshop Saturday morning with the author or authors.  

The next writer in the series is Lidia Yuknavitch, who will present on October 12th and 13th. Her  bestselling novel “The Small backs of children” was the winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. Her other works include Dora: A headcase, The Book of Joan, The Misfit’s Manifesto, based on a Ted Talk about her own life as a misfit, and her unflinchingly honest memoir, The Chronology of Water.  Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild, called The Chronology of Water “a brutal beauty bomb and a true love song. I am forever altered by every stunning page. This is the book I’ve been waiting to read all my life.” 

Yuknavitch, who has a doctorate in literature from the University of Oregon founded a writing workshop series, Corporeal Writing in Portland, Oregon where she lives with her husband and son. 

More information on Yuknavitch can be found at lidiayuknavitch.net or check out her Ted Talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AgCr2tTvng

On November 9th and 10th Claire Vaye Watkins, will present at Writers in the Woods. 

Watkins short story collection Battleborn is the winner of the Short Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and a number of other awards. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of the novel, Gold Fame Citrus. Watkins was born in Bishop, CA and raised in the rural desert in Tecopa, CA and Pahrump, Nevada. She graduated from University of Nevada, Reno and earned an MFA from Ohio State. She is the co-founder and director of Mojave School, a festival of art and literature in the Mojave Desert. clairevayewatkins.com/