INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The first author in this year’s Writers in the Woods Literary Speaker Series at Sierra Nevada College will be Nick Flynn, author of “Being Flynn,” which was made into a major motion picture in 2012.
He also recently published his third memoir, “The Re-enactments,” about the making of the movie, and is well-known for his award-winning poetry books.
Flynn will visit Sierra Nevada College Sept. 5-6, adding to the list of impressive authors the four-year, private university has brought to the campus for the region’s intellectual enjoyment.
In the past 10 years, Writers in the Woods has featured Tim O’Brien, author of “The Things They Carried;” Tobias Wolff, “Old School;” and Brian Turner, “Here, Bullet;” among many other authors, poets and screenwriters.
The esteemed literary series brings acclaimed authors, poets and screenwriters to Incline Village’s four-year, private university for readings and workshops throughout the academic year.
The college also annually adopts a book for its Common Read, which is read, discussed and interpreted throughout the curriculum. This year’s book is “Being Flynn” by Nick Flynn.
Writers in the Woods was begun as a way to create a “literary mecca” at the college and bridge the gap between community members and college students, according to English Program Chair June Saraceno.
“My whole goal is to make SNC a literary center. This actually makes it an intellectual center because people are talking about the ideas and issues writers explore,” Saraceno said. “It opens conversations about war, peace, race, honesty. It makes people think.”
Aside from Writers in the Woods, another literary development is the success of the college’s new low-residency MFA Creative Writing program, now in its third year.
Flynn’s visit is the first of a year-long line-up of well-known authors and poets for Writers in the Woods. Usually, authors give a reading Friday night, and follow with a Saturday morning workshop.
The Friday reading is free, while the workshop costs $50 for non-students. More information can be found on sierranevada.edu.
Flynn will speak on the campus at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building, Room 139, and will follow with a morning workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 6.