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"Sense of Place" is Focus of Thursday Seminar

April 6, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - Author Jan Worth-Nelson will present a Writer's Journey seminar this Thursday, April 9, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., at the Finlandia University Chapel of St. Matthew, Hancock.

Jan Worth-NelsonThe topic of her seminar is "A Sense of Place."

Worth-Nelson teaches creative writing at University of Michigan-Flint.  She is also a poet, an essayist, and a fiction writer. She published her first novel, Night Blind, in 2006.

Night Blind is the fictional saga of a ragtag bunch of Peace Corps volunteers grappling with the 1976 murder of Peace Corps volunteer Deborah Gardner in the remote and eccentric Kingdom of Tonga. Worth-Nelson was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tonga from 1976-1978.

Night Blind was a top ten finalist in literary fiction for 2006 Book of the Year awarded by ForeWord Magazine.

Worth-Nelson has published essays, poems, short stories, and reviews in publications including, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Drexel Online Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Passages North, Fourth Genre, Controlled Burn and Marlboro Review.

Most recently, two of her essays appeared last fall in the Christian Science Monitor. Her poems have appeared in two editions of Contemporary Michigan Poetry, published by Wayne State Press.

Worth-Nelson has a bachelor's degree in journalism, an MSW from University of Michigan, and an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College.  She has been teaching writing at UM - Flint since 1996. 

The final Writer's Journey seminar is Monday, April 20, when Suzanne Strempek Shea will talk about her recent book, "Sundays in America."

The Writer's Journey seminar is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Suzanne Van Dam, Finlandia assistant professor of English, at 906-487-7515 or

Photo cutline: Author Jan Worth-Nelson