Nancy Peacock to read on Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m.

North Carolina author Nancy Peacock will read from her work on Tuesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. in Harris 214. The event is sponsored by Meredith’s Department of English. The event is free and open to the public.

Peacock is the author of A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life.  Part writing guide and part memoir, A Broom of One’s Own is a collection of personal essays recounting Peacock’s transformation from maid to writer and teacher. Her novels include Life Without Water, chosen as a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book, Home Across the Road, and most recently, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson.

Peacock lives in Hillsborough, N.C., and runs workshops in her studio, as well as coaching writers privately. To read the first chapters of Peacock’s novels, and to explore her offered classes, including a free prompts class held once a month in Chapel Hill, please visit

Summer Reading Author Participates in English Department Programs

As part of her visit to Meredith’s campus, author Gwendolyn Oxenham treated students in the department of English to an inspiring discussion of writing and creativity. Oxenham spoke about the process of crafting her memoir, Finding the Game, and shared writing tips and prompts to help students enliven details in their writing. The author also advised Meredith’s aspiring writers to read as much as possible, reminding them, “No one can become a successful writer without reading great writing.”

Afterward, Leslie Maxwell, ’01, introduced a lunch-time discussion about the creative process, where Oxenham answered question from students, faculty, and alumnae. “There were times I was grateful for the written medium,” Oxenham told a faculty member who asked about her transition from film production to writing. “There were some wonderful moments we didn’t get on camera, and the book gave me a chance to include those moments.”

Students who attended the class and luncheon were inspired by Oxenham’s passion for writing and teaching and enjoyed the chance to work closely with the author. “As a writer, I often feel self-conscious about allowing the eyes of others to review my work,” said Skye Hakes, a communications major pursuing a minor in professional writing. “But Ms. Oxenham assured her audience than any good writer goes through this conflict of the mind and heart.” English major Julia Tilley said that Oxenham, “reassured me that I can find a story to write about. And once I find it, I have to commit to it with all my heart.”

– Ashley Hogan

Alumnae Authors to Discuss Young Adult Literature and Publishing

Three Meredith College alumnae will discuss their work as authors of young adult literature, one of the publishing world’s most popular genres, during a special campus event.

The Young Adult Authors Panel will be held April 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel Common Room.

Participating authors are Jerrie Preston Bibb Oughton, ’63, author of “Perfect Family,” Jenny Hubbard, ’87, author of “Paper Covers Rock,” and Katie D. Anderson, ’93, author ofKiss & Make Up.”

The panel discussion will include selections from the authors’ works and an opportunity for them to share insights on young adult literature and the publishing industry.

About the Authors

Jerrie Preston Bibb Oughton, ’63, is the author of nine books. Her published work includes picture books “How The Stars Fell Into the Sky” and “The Magic Weaver of Rugs,” both of which were honored by the National Association of Social Studies Teachers.  Oughton’s novels include “Music From a Place Called Half Moon,” a book that won the 1995 Bank Street College Award for realism and excellence in children’s literature, and was also named to the ALA list of best books and nominated for several state awards chosen by students. Her recent novel “Perfect Family” was named to the New York Public Library and ALA lists of best books for the year. Oughton, who lives in Washington, N.C., began school visits with the publishing of her first book and, to date, has visited over five hundred schools and colleges, holding writing workshops and giving keynote speeches, in addition to her ever popular puppet show that demonstrates the basic truth:  a story can be told many different ways.


Jenny Hubbard, ’87, is a former high-school English teacher who now writes books, plays and poems in her hometown of Salisbury, N.C. Hubbard’s debut novel, “Paper Covers Rock,” was a finalist for the prestigious William C. Morris YA Debut Award and earned a Gold Medal Award from the National Parenting Publication. It was named by “Booklist,” “Publishers Weekly,” “Horn Book” and “School Library Journal” as a Best of 2011.  Her second young-adult novel, “And We Stay,” to be published by Random House in early 2014, takes its inspiration from Emily Dickinson. 


Katie D. Anderson, ’93, is a full-time writer living in Oxford, Miss., and a native of the South. Prior to writing “Kiss & Make Up,” she worked in other genres, including screenplays, graphic novels and picture books. “Kiss & Make Up” is her first novel for teens.  Warner Bros. holds the film rights to the book and is producing a webisode series based on the book set debut to this year.


The Colton English Club and the Meredith College Department of English are sponsoring the panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of English Kelly Morris Roberts, at (919) 760-8995.

English Summer Programs

6th Annual Meredith Young Writers’ Camp

The 6th Annual Meredith Young Writers’ Camp will be held July 8-12, 2013.

Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls are invited to the Meredith Young Writers’ Camp, where they will have a chance to sharpen creative writing skills, read and discuss lively works of literature, and write fiction, drama, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The week includes recreation and fun activities.  Meals and snacks provided. Contact Ashley Hogan for more information:

17th Annual Focusing on Form Workshop for Women Writers

June 24-28, 2013

Each summer since 1997, the Meredith College Department of English has sponsored a writing workshop for women who are writing, who want to write, and who want to try writing. The workshop offers instruction, critique of manuscripts, and—not the least of its advantages—new friends who share a common interest. Dozens of women have benefited from these workshops and from other writer events sponsored by Meredith.

Join us this summer, June 24-28, for the sixteenth annual writing workshop, Focusing on Form. During this one-week workshop, outstanding instructors will guide you in the form of your choice: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or journaling.

Contact Ashley Hogan for more information:

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