Patricia McNair is our wonderful speaker this week.
A Place for Story
Virginia Woolf’s call for “A Room of One’s Own”
is not easily achieved in this day of packed schedules and houses. However, the drive to write lives on even in our crowded lives. After presenting a sampling of places where we might find the space and time to write (retreats, colonies, residencies,)
Patricia Ann McNair will read from her award-winning collection, The Temple of Air, a book written in a variety of places and set firmly in the Midwest. The second half of the program will be dedicated to a generative workshop that focuses on using the places we know in order to write the stories
Patricia Ann McNair has lived 98 percent of her life in the Midwestern United States. She’s managed a gas station, sold pots and pans door to door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and taught aerobics. Today she is a professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she received a nomination for the Carnegie Foundation’s US Professor of the Year. McNair’s collection of short stories, The Temple of Air, was called "a beautiful book, intense and original," by Audrey Niffenegger, and has received a number of honors, among them the winner of The Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year in Traditional Fiction, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award in Adult Fiction.
The fee is $15 for non-members
and $10 for members.
A payment for this workshop can be made online at the OCWW website: