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New Class Beginning on Writing Historical Fiction: SF Bay Area


I'll be teaching "Writing Historical Fiction" at The Writing Salon in San Francisco.  It's a 5 week class and very reasonably priced.  Please join me!

Jess's Latest Blogs

Apr.03.2014 - 7:11 pm
More gems from #AWP2014 Fascinating AWP panel on novellas: “Less is More than Ever: A New Time for Novellas” with Kathryn Locey, Janet Thielke, Lynn Pruett, Cary Holladay and...
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Mar.30.2014 - 11:04 am
Had an absolutely wonderful conversation for a podcast with Seymour Hamilton, author of the Astreya Trilogy that will be posted on the Fireship Press website soon.  Here...
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Feb.28.2014 - 9:01 am
The first day of #AWP2014 ended brilliantly with Annie Proulx’s keynote, a witty, acerbic and delightful look at the history of publishing since the 1940s, the advances and...
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Nov.29.2013 - 8:11 pm
The New York Times news article on the upcoming auctioning of one of the first public library books in the US isn’t the price it’s going to fetch.  The important issue, to me...
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Comments from Jess

Apr.18.2014 - 8:16 am
In response to: #MyWritingProcess Blog Tour
'Nathan: Really loved what you had to say here: to 'admit' or acknowledge that sometimes the sparks just don't fly......
Oct.04.2010 - 12:25 pm
In response to: The Work Ethic of Jonathan Franzen
Just saw in the New York Times on Sunday (October 3rd, 2010) that the British edition of Franzen's new novel, "Freedom...
Aug.25.2010 - 9:20 am
In response to: Medieval Chateaus Built with Authentic Processes
Excellent point! Being able to dye fabrics with local, natural substances makes perfect sense, as do many of the other...
Dec.11.2009 - 7:31 pm
In response to: BoldfaceState Dinner
If you've never seen Kate Clinton in person, do so! She's hysterical and intelligent all at once.
Aug.28.2008 - 7:25 am
In response to: "No Children Were Harmed in the Making of this Summer"
Thank you so very much for your kind words. Parenting is the most amazing challenge I've ever encountered.  Best to you...

Published Reviews

A Slender Tether
Published by Out in Print
A Slender Tether is an engaging, rewarding read. Highly recommended. Wells’s command of detail and nuance is expert, and the world she creates wholly credible...all are...