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1:30- 4:30 pm, Saturday, February 11, 2023, University of Chicago Graham School, Zoom. Class, Jumpstart: Getting Unstuck in Fiction and Nonfiction. Every writer gets stuck at some point. The scene is flat, the characters won't cooperate, or they lie inert on the page. Or ideas and reflections don't sound convincing or don't reflect what you want to say. Or you can't figure out what you want to say or why you ever cared. Through discussion and exercises, you will become unstuck and write what you need to write. Up to a week before class begins, you welcome to submit a paragraph of work along with a few sentences about your problems with it to share with the class.


Thursday, February 16, 2023, time tba, University of Missouri-Kansas City (on Zoom). I'm speaking on humor in cancer narratives as part of the UMKC Marilyn T. and Byron C. Shutz lecture series, "Healing in Times of Strife: Therapeutic Dialogue through Art, Pedagogy, and Writing." The wonderful Monica Prince will be joining me.


10-noon, Sunday, April 2, Brunch book talk, Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, College of Charleston; April 3 class visit, Jews, Gender & Sex


7pm Tuesday, April 11, 2023, Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago. Reading of "The Wandering Womb" accompanied by interlocutor Aimee Levitt




Past events:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2022*

Elgin (IL) Community College, Writers Center Reading Series,  2002, 2019

University of Tampa low-residency MFA Program, 2015

Brown University, Great Brown Nonfiction Writers' Lecture Series, 2013

Houston Jewish Book Fair, 2001, 2002, 2009

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Bankhead Visiting Writers Series, 2009

Creighton University, 2009

University of Iowa, Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine conference (keynote), 2008

Grand Valley State University, 2008

Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI, 2008

Columbia College Chicago, Creative Nonfiction Week, 1998, 2002, 2006

Texas A&M University, Women's & Gender Equity Resource Center, 2006; Center for Humanities Research, 2001

Purdue University, Cancer Culture & Community workshop, 2007; Jewish Studies Lecture Series, 2001 and 2004

University of Minnesota, Mankato, Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer 2005

Lafayette College; Easton, Pennsylvania, Closs Writer in Residence, 2004

Drew University, 2003

Western Michigan University, 2001, 2003

Miami Book Fair International, 2002

University of Miami, 2002

College of DuPage (IL), 2002

American Literature Assn., Jewish-American and Holocaust Literature Symposium, 2002

Northwestern University Center for the Writing Arts, 2002

Association for Women Journalists, Chicago, 2002; Dallas, 2002

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live, 2002

Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Women's Education Series, 2002

Skokie (IL) Public Library, 2002

Arlington Heights (IL) Memorial Library, 2002

Ela Area Public Library District, Lake Zurich, IL, 2002

Off Campus Writers' Workshop, Winnetka, IL, 2002

Jewish Book & Culture Fair, Milwaukee, 2001

University of Houston-Clear Lake, Women's Studies, 2001

Loyola University, Chicago, 1993 and 2001

Millikin University, Decatur, IL, 2001

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Women and the Holocaust program, 2000

American Medical Writers Association, Chicago chapter, 2000



* "Sandi Wisenberg's talk was humorous, insightful and revealing. My students were intrigued, engaged and entertained. A rare glimpse into a writer's creative process field with unexpected revelations, deep insights and surprising connections between images and ideas. The topic of womens' health turned into a wonderful exploration of history, medicine and the poetic imagination."--Irina Ruvinsky, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, professor, "Illness as Metaphor" class, Spring 2022 (in person)