If you live in the Austin, TX area, I’m delighted to visit your school or group. I can talk about how Grendel’s Mother came to be written, about the Anglo-Saxon period, about Beowulf and John Gardner’s Grendel, and other medieval topics. I can do a reading with selections from the published volume. I can also give a writing assignment in class for students to do, such as facilitating participants’ creation of their imaginative response to Beowulf. You can let me know what you would like.
Here are some of my past readings.
Before I come, it would be best to have assigned the book to your students and have had them read it. I am an English professor and know that if the students haven’t read the material, they can’t really say anything!
I can visit schools, colleges and universities, conferences and book events. To read about an event at a high school, please read more about it here.
I’ve won a number of teaching awards at my home university so my love of teaching and interacting with students has been recognized. I can facilitate readings, workshop writing, discussion, and learning.
If you invite me, I would ask that you pay an honorarium, transportation costs, hotel and food expenses. If you want to coordinate with another school or group, that would less your travel costs.
If you don’t live in Austin and your class is reading Grendel’s Mother, we can arrange for a skype visit. Just contact me and I’m happy to help your students!
You can order books through my publishers or a local bookseller in advance of my visit. And of course I’d be delighted to sign books!
Please contact me here to find out about my schedule, fees, and to let me know what you are interested in for your invitation. You can write to susansignemorrison at gmail dot com.
To buy the book, see this page for information about distributors.
I had a great time talking about Grendel’s Mother at Texas A&M University in December 2015.
I got to see some chums there too!
The Story Circle Network Conference for women writers takes place ever other year. I look forward to it the moment the previous one ends! I’m with supportive, sassy, and spirited women for 3 days. All the while I’m making new friends, learning craft, and sharing wisdom. This year was especially sweet, because Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife was a finalist for the 2014-2015 Sarton Literary Award for Historical Fiction. I got to meet my fellow finalists and winners, hobnob with brilliant speakers and writers, and–oh yes–wrote!
First, a lovely time have a drink on the first evening with my fellow honorees.
We had a roundtable chaired by the generous dynamo, Susan Wittig Albert, about the process of writing our honored books, the process of publication, and a discussion of our next projects.
We all read from our books at the luncheon on Saturday.
In addition to making friends, I also loved how we ladies took over the men’s restroom at the hotel!
Can’t wait until the next conference–in 2018. Now…I’d better get writing!
I was honored to be join a number of medieval novelists, at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, an annual conference that takes place every year at Western Michigan University. I participated in the noontime brown bag lunch for medieval novelists who have a Q & A, hosted by Gloria Tiller of Kazoo Books. Writers interact with an audience of novel-reading enthusiasts. In the past, I was just sitting in the audience. It was a thrill to be sitting among these wonderful fellow writers!
Germanophiles! I’ll be helping Rebecca Schuman launch her new memoir at Malvern Books on April 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. I’ll be talking about Germanic legendary and historic women.