“Vicki combines her superb writing talents and creative insights with her capacity to encourage participants to ‘dig deep’ to uncover authenticity and truth in their writing.
I highly recommend her writing retreats and workshops.”

- Sharon McCarthy, workshop attendee 2017 and 2019

Events

Appearances

Reading, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. Event will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to the King's College event registration page here.

Past Appearances

Virtual Author Event: Vicki Mayk, author of "Growing Up On The Gridiron: Football, Friendship and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas," will read from the book and participate in a Q&A, Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, Nazareth, PA, Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7 p.m. Attendees will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of the book. For more information and to register, visit the library's events page here.

Virtual Author Event: Vicki Mayk, author of "Growing Up On The Gridiron: Football, Friendship and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas," will read from the book and participate in a Q&A, Parkland Community Library, Allentown, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, 7 p.m. Attendees will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of the book. To register, visit the Parkland Community Library events page here.

"The Path to Publication" Alumni Panel, Maslow Graduate Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University, Monday, January 11, 2021, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Held as part of the Maslow Family Graduate Creative Writing Program's virtual January residency.

"Writing A Book As An Act of Faith," Guest speaker, Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, Pa., Sunday, September 13, 2020, 10:30 a.m. (also online at YouTube)

Book Launch, “Growing Up On The Gridiron” -- 7 p.m., Thursday, September 10, 2020 on Zoom.

Discussing "Growing Up On The Gridiron" with Keith Groller of The Morning Call on Calling All Sports at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. Tune in to the broadcast at Fox Sports, 94.7 FM or 1320 AM.

A Night of Nonfiction Online, Debut Creative Nonfiction Author Q&A, sponsored by Hippocampus Magazine and Books, 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2020

Reading, The Writer’s Showcase, Old Brick Theatre, June 2018

Pennsylvania Writers Conference 2018, Wilkes University, Panel, “Research for Creative Writing”

HippoCamp 2018, Session Presenter: “Maybe, Perhaps, Possibly: Using Speculation in Creative Nonfiction”

Pennsylvania Writers Conference 2017, Wilkes University, Session Presenter: Speculation in Creative Nonfiction

HippoCamp 2015, Session Presenter: “Writing Our Grief”

Workshops and Retreats

Nonfiction Places and Spaces - Oct. 25 - Nov. 29, 2021

Join Vicki to explore writing about place in this community workshop offered through the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing. Classes to be conducted on Zoom with optional writing meetup Oct. 30 at The Bench Project in Shavertown, PA.

Place plays an important role in nonfiction writing, often assuming the role of another character in memoir, essays and literary journalism. In this workshop, we’ll consider writers who have made place and location central to nonfiction. Participants will write about personal and public landscapes from a variety of perspectives, from memories of home to capturing places visited. The role that place can play in revealing character traits about individuals also will be explored. The workshop will include craft lessons examining how place is used in nonfiction, weekly prompts and workshopping of assignments. NOTE: Fiction writers may take this workshop if they are writing about real places in their work. TUITION: $100. To register, go to the Wilkes University Continuing Education site.

Words In the Sand 2022 – Date TBA

Vicki and poet Dawn Leas (aka The Hammock Writer) will return to Ocean Grove, N.J., to lead writers through a laid-back weekend of creative writing prompts and personal exploration at the Jersey shore.

Past Workshops and Retreats

Words In The Sand 2019

September 13-15, 2019
Ocean Park Inn, Ocean Grove, N.J.

Going Past the Gate: Entering the Heart of Your Memoir

Online memoir workshop
Feb. 17-March 23, 2019

Memoir Workshop

Pennwriters, Inc., July 2018

Words In The Sand 2018

September 16-26, 2018
Ocean Park Inn, Ocean Grove, N.J.

"Life Stories:" A Memoir Workshop

October 2018
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, Pa.

Memoir Workshop

Back Mountain Library, March-April 2017

Healing Through Our Stories: A writing and storytelling retreat

June 23-25, 2017
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, Bangor, Pa.

Noncredit memoir and nonfiction community workshops

Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing, multiple sessions, 2013-2019

Ocean Grove boardwalk

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