UCLA Extension

Jennie Nash

Nash_Book Cover_The Only True Genius in the Family_2009Jennie Nash 2014 headshot

Instructor Biography:

Author of seven books, including the memoir The Victoria’s Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned from Breast Cancer and the novels The Threadbare HeartThe Only True Genius in the Family, and The Last Beach Bungalow. Ms. Nash’s personal essays have appeared in Real Simple, GQ, and The New York Times, among others.

 

Instructor Statement:

My goal is to help each student believe that they have something worth saying. In the elementary school classrooms where I work as a volunteer, I like to challenge each student to write something about spaghetti that no one else in the class can say. It’s amazing to me how often they can do it, how often they can say something unique and revealing and compelling about their grandmother’s cooking or their family’s favorite restaurant or how they feel about cheese. Adults are no different—and we have a lot more to write about than noodles. I have an energetic and fluid teaching style. I often follow the threads of thought that emerge during class, or decide on the spur of the moment that we’re going to write about the worst gift we’ve ever received as a way of understanding how to capture disappointment and guilt on the page. We read the work of other writers, share our own drafts, and inspire each other to great storytelling heights.

Our Students Say It Best!

“She is an expert in her field and that translates to an interesting, encouraging, and valuable course. She is an amazing teacher!” — Writers’ Program Student

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