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Writing the Personal Essay

Alachua County Library Downtown

May 7th and 21st, 2pm

Writing the Personal Essay with Sandra Gail Lambert—Session One: The First Draft (Sunday, May 7th. 2pm) Free

What is a personal essay? Explore forms such as narrative and collage, the lyrical, short-shorts, graphic memoir, multi-media, lists, and horseshoe crab essays. How to begin? How to end? What are the ethics (if there are any) of naming names? And what is the truth, anyway? Use the two weeks between sessions to write your first drafts.  

Writing the Personal Essay with Sandra Gail Lambert—Session Two: Revision (Sunday, May 21st. 2pm) Free

Working with the slipperiness of time, weaving scene and summary, evoking the senses, creating yourself as a character, and teasing a theme forward—now that you have a fledgling essay, it’s time to make something of it. We won’t share our individual writing in class, and it’s not required to have attended the previous session, but if you do come to both, Sandra Gail Lambert will give feedback on your work at a later date.

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AWP 2017

Washington D.C.

February, 2017

Writing With and About Dis/Ability, Dis/Order, and Dis/Ease. An AWP panel with Sarah Einstein, Sandra Lambert, Sonya Huber, Elizabeth Glass, Gina Frangello 

Social Media: Breaking Barriers for the Marginalized, the Remote, and the Academic Outsider. An AWP panel with Kelly Thompson, Sandra Gail Lambert, Vanessa Martir, Michele Filgate, Alice Anderson

High Springs, Florida

July 30, 2016

Celebrating Water and the Arts: A book signing and reading from The River’s Memory sponsored by the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways Exhibit at the High Springs Museum.

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Twitter Q&A

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December 3, 2015

Twitter Q&A Chat: The Alachua County Library System has developed an innovative Twitter Q&A Chat series with authors. The conversation with Sandra Gail Lambert is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23aclibchat

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University of Central Florida

April 18th, 2015

Orlando, FL

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Gainesville, FL

Downtown Library

October 18th, 2015

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Tallahassee Writers Association

September 17, 2015

Thursday, 6:30pm

How Melding History and Story Preserves Lives: Sandra Gail Lambert speaks on how writers can meld history and story in a way that preserves the lives of people, especially marginalized people, that might otherwise be lost.  Her novel, The River’s Memory, became her way of believing in characters she knew must have existed and then giving them form.  Lambert will share both the pitfalls and the glory of doing this type of research.  There will be tales of bog bodies, the dangers of microfiche machines, improbable coincidences, and the joy of reading a faded newspaper article that untangles a recalcitrant plot.

  • Location—American Legion Hall at Lake Ella, Tallahassee, FL 32303
  • Members and Guests – Free. The meetings are open to the public. TWA membership is not required, though guests are encouraged to join if interested.

Studios of Key West

June 16th, 2015

Tuesday, 6pm

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Reading at The Studios of Key West

Sandra Gail Lambert is an Artist in Residence at The Studios of Key West for the month of June. She’ll be presenting her work to the community on Tuesday, June 16th at The Studio’s main building, 533 Eaton St.  

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Stardust Video and Coffee

March 18th, 2015

Wednesday, 7pm

Orlando, FL

Wordier Than Thou: Storytelling and Prose

Sandra Gail Lambert will be the featured reader at Wordier Than Thou, a monthly, open mic gathering for authors, readers, and word enthusiasts founded by Tiffany Razzano. 

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Ocala Public Library

November 2nd

Sunday, 3pm

Friends of the Ocala Public Library Event

“Paradise Park, the Spanish Flu, and Crotchless Underwear: Researching Florida’s Past”   

The River’s Memory is a novel that never moves away from the Silver River and Ocala, but it does travel through time. From a manic, brilliant potter who lives just moments before the first Europeans arrive to young women incarcerated at the Industrial School for Girls and including a freedman in the Ocala of the 1850′s, Sandra will read passages from these characters’ lives. She will also share how the resources of our area—the Silver River and Marion County History Museums, the Matheson, the libraries of Alachua County and the University of Florida, and Ocali Country Days—made her novel possible.

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East End Market

October 19th

Sunday, 11am

Audubon Park

Orlando, FL

Reflecting Florida: How Agriculture, Art, and Activism Effect Our State – A Literary Event

“State of Courage: Women as Change Makers” – 2pm panel

Sandra Gail Lambert will be speaking on a panel and signing her books at this all day event. “Join Florida’s most dynamic authors for a day celebrating the people, food, and culture that make our state unique! Reflecting Florida brings explorers, photographers, writers, poets, historians, naturalists, and chefs together for a day focused on Florida. Panel discussions, author presentations, and book signings will culminate in an open happy hour and ticketed, zero-waste reception featuring local foods and presentation by author and documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville.”

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Writers Alliance of Gainesville 

January 11th

Sunday, 2:30pm

Millhopper Library

Gainesville, FL

Dragonflies, Manatees, and Snakes, Lots of Snakes—Writing About Place 

In Sandra Gail Lambert’s novel, The River’s Memory, the natural world of north central Florida is woven throughout the plot and sometimes right through the center of a character. There are both pitfalls and glory in writing about a beloved place. Sandra, a Writers Alliance member, hopes she managed a few moments of the glory, but she knows for sure, in draft after draft, she stumbled into and out of the pitfalls. Perhaps her experience of figuring out how to write about women mistaken for mermaids, a saber-toothed cat, or the way a sack of rattlesnakes twists in the air will save you a revision or two.

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Maitland Writers Association

December 11th

Thursday, 6:30pm

Maitland, FL

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Setting as a Unifying Force in Fiction—The river of The River’s Memory is woven into the novel’s plot and sometimes right through the center of a character.  Sandra will show how a writer has many ways of using description of place to forward a plot and develop characters, but will also give advice on what to do when description tries to escape its bounds. Sandra once wrote a six page treatise, right in the middle of a scene, on leviathans that roamed the ancient Florida seas. All readers of her novel will be relieved that it was eventually edited down to one sentence.  Be assured, that Sandra will talk about both the pitfalls and glory of writing about a beloved place. 

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St. Pete College

October 15th, 16th

St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg College—Sandra Gail Lambert—The River’s Memory

“The Twisted Road to Publication”

Sandra Gail Lambert’s debut novel, The River’s Memory, is currently #2 on the bestseller list from Small Press Distribution, and excerpts from it have won prizes from Big Fiction Magazine and the Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest. The author will read from her novel and talk about the journey her writing has taken. It’s a mix of cautionary tales, persistent dreaming, and a belief in the power of community. 

Sandra Gail Lambert is being sponsored by Disability Resources at St. Petersburg College for four lectures to their Creative Writing and Composition classes as well as the faculty, staff, and community at large. On October 15th she’ll be at the Seminole Campus (Digitorium) at 11am and then at the St. Pete/Gibbs Campus (Music Center) at 7pm. On the 16th, the events are at the Tarpon Springs Campus (TS-FA132) at 1:30pm and then the Clearwater Campus (ES104) at 5:30pm.  

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Matheson Museum

November 20th

Thursday at 6pm

Gainesville, FL

Scribes of the Sunshine State

Discover how Florida inspired local authors at the Matheson Museum’s; Scribes of the Sunshine State.  For more information call 352-378-2280 or emailinfo@mathesonmuseum.org.

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The Tower Road Library 

September 27th 

Saturday, 2pm

Gainesville, FL

Tower Road Library – Sandra Gail Lambert – The River’s Memory

“Dragonflies, Manatees, and Snakes, Lots of Snakes” 

The river of The River’s Memory is the Silver River near Ocala and the natural world of north central Florida is woven into this novel’s plot and sometimes right through the center of a character. Sandra may read passages about women mistaken for mermaids or a saber-toothed cat or perhaps the way a sack of rattlesnakes strains and twists in the air. And in between, she’ll talk about both the pitfalls and glory of writing about a beloved place. 

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Cone Park Library

October 18th

Saturday, 2pm

Gainesville, FL

Cone Park Library – Sandra Gail LambertThe River’s Memory

“Paradise Park, the Spanish Flu, and Crotchless Underwear: Researching Florida’s Past”   

The River’s Memory is a novel that never moves away from the Silver River and Ocala, but it does travel through time. From a manic, brilliant potter who lives just moments before the first Europeans arrive to young women incarcerated at the Industrial School for Girls and including a freedman in the Ocala of the 1850’s, Sandra will read passages from these characters’ lives. She will also share how the resources of our area—the Silver River and Marion County History Museums, the Matheson, the libraries of Alachua County and the University of Florida, and Ocali Country Days—made her novel possible.

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Charis Books, Atlanta

November 6th

Charis Books and More’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Charis welcomes back Sandra Gail Lambert, former Charis Books co-owner, and now author of the novel The River’s Memory. We invite everyone, but especially all former and current Charis staff, board, and volunteers to join us for this special evening.

From a flintnapper’s hands to a swamp myth she was told about barren sisters to the day she watched her mother water hydrangeas and everything changed, Sandra will tell her own origin stories of The River’s Memory. 

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September, 19th

Norfolk, VA

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Trade Show:

Sandra Gail Lambert, author of The River’s Memory, will be part of the “People, Known and Unknown” authors panel.”  

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