Creative writing instructor Nancy Spiller‘s novel, Entertaining Disasters, debuts this January. It follows the story of FW, a Los Angeles culinary writer who writes about the fabulous dinner parties she hosts for celebrity studded guest lists. However, when a well-known food editor demands an invitation to one of her parties, FW panics. What he doesn’t know is that in reality, she’s paralyzed by fear and social anxiety and has been inventing every detail of these supposed soirees.

Nancy started off as a former Writers’ Program student years ago and is new to teaching in our program—her upcoming winter class explores the topics of food and memory. Be sure to check it out (the class also involves food!)… and make sure to check out her launch party and other readings in January. All of the details can be found on Nancy’s website at

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