Ann Hood




Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novels The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, and The Book That Matters Most; and the bestselling memoirs Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love and Food,  and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief which was a NYT Editors Choice and named one of the top 10 non fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She has written The Treasure Chest series for middle readers and three YA novels, including Jude Banks, Super Hero. Hood has won two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, and a Best American Travel Writing Award. Her essays have been among the 100 Notable Essays of the Year more than a dozen times and her books have been translated into twenty-two languages. She is the founding director of the low residency Newport MFA. Her most recent book is the memoir FLY GIRL, about her years as a TWA flight attendant.

Read more about Ann on her website.

SESSION: The Art of Revision: Welcome to the Party

The poet William Matthews said, “Revision isn’t cleaning up after the party. It IS the party.” Yet too often writers resist, rush, ignore, or avoid revision, even though it’s an essential part of writing. In this session, I will give tips on how to revise, discuss why it’s so important, and even share my own revision travails. You will leave equipped with ideas and tools to revise your own stories, essays, novels, and memoirs.