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Memoirist Samantha Dunn In Conversation with Amy Wallen

Date: Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 2011 Time: 6pm Number of sessions: 1 - Event! Members: FREE! Nonmembers: FREE! Location: The Inkspot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

Join memoirist Samantha Dunn In Conversation with writer (and host of Savory Salon) Amy Wallen

Sponsored by PEN/USA.


After a 4-weekend intensive, Personal Narratives: Writing the Creative Non-Fiction Life, Amy and Sam will talk about  the just completed savory workshop intensive, Sam’s award-winning work, and she will read from her soon to be re-released novel, Failing Paris. To top off the evening there will be  a DimeStories reading by Sam’s students.  Come and see for yourself what these amazing workshops will do for your work.  


“Studies have shown that writers who consume homemade pie in a charming, nurturing setting experience a marked increase in their ability to connect with their creative selves and a decreased need for adverbs.” ~Nancy Nygard, local San Diego Savory Student


“[Sam’s Workshop] has definitely been an experience of challenge and growth and learning for me.  I have loved stepping out of my comfort zone and being rewarded for it by the group.  Wonderful ambiance, wonderful hostess, wonderful teacher, wonderful group.  Who could as, for more?”  ~Megan Ross, traveled from Los Angeles to be a Savory Student


“The Savory Salon workshop exceeded my expectations.  Sam’s teaching and Amy’s baking give new meaning to “win-win.” Together, Sam and Amy created a workshop environment that allowed me to take risks with my writing and go deep.  I am a better writer as a result of my participation.”  ~Maryann Gray, traveled from Los Angeles to be a Savory Student

“Illuminating, stimulating, safe, comfortable, fun, challenging, enlightening, moving, inspiring: Amy Wallen’s Savory Salon with Samantha Dunn is all these things. And you get to eat pie! All I can say is, “More, please!” I want more of all of it. I wish it would never end.” ~ Donna Marganella, Local San Diego Savory Student


“If you can’t go to grad school, take Sam Dunn’s workshop.  And take it at Amy Wallen’s salon — she will feed you pie, yummy pie.” ~Victoria Melekian, former SDWInk Co-President and Savory Student


Samantha Dunn is an author and journalist whose latest memoir is Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex, and Salvation. Ms. Dunn’s previous books include the memoir Not by Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life, a Booksense 76 pick, as well as the novel Failing Paris, a finalist for the PEN Center USA Fiction Award. Her articles have appeared in Los Angeles Times, O (Oprah), Ms., Redbook and Glamour, among numerous other consumer publications. Her work has been widely anthologized, including the short story collection Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, which she co-edited. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America and is teaching a deep immersion Personal Narrative workshop sponsored by PEN/USA throughout the month of October.

Look for more of Samantha Dunn’s Personal Narratives: The Creative Nonfiction Life workshops this Winter and Spring sponsored by PEN/USA and brought to you by Savory Salon.




Amy Wallen is the author of the bestselling novel MoonPies and Movie Stars (Viking/Penguin). Ms. Wallen has been a frequent literary critic for the Los Angeles Times in fiction and memoir, and she is the creator of NPR’s popular reading series, DimeStories. She also hosts the popular Savory Salons featuring great writers and delicious food. Check out her website.