Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes with an author to get a glimpse of where they live and work, to learn more about the writer behind the book? Well, our curiosity got the best of us too, which inspired the launch of our series, Inside the Author’s Studio, dedicated to exclusive and intimate private home Adventures with some of your favorite authors.
LA Times bestselling author and baker Amy Wallen loves providing comfort food and inspiration for aspiring novelists, and her new book, How To Write a Novel in 20 Pies, offers sweet and savory insider secrets on living the writing life… And what better way to learn the tricks of the trade than through an intimate (and delicious!) pie baking Adventure inside the author’s kitchen!
And since part of any writer’s journey is ensuring that everyone has access to literacy and reading materials, we want to dedicate a portion of all book sales from the event to Traveling Stories, whose mission it is to eradicate illiteracy, one book at a time.
Join us at Amy’s private San Diego residence for our live and in-person Inside the Author’s Studio Adventure with Amy Wallen. Your Adventure includes sweet and savory pie tastings, wine, an autographed copy of How To Write a Novel in 20 Pies, tax, book discussion, Q&A, donation to Traveling Stories, and an opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in her private residence. Due to the private and intimate nature of this event, tickets are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to register soon to guarantee admission.
NOTE: Event is limited to fully vaxxed Adventurers and will be held in the open space of Amy’s back deck, complete with view!
To register for the live event, simply select the Inside the Author’s Studio Event (10/22/22) option below, and the address to the private San Diego residence will be provided 3 days prior to the event via email.
Amy Wallen is the San Diego-based author of When We Were Ghouls, A Memoir of Ghost Stories and the Los Angeles Times bestseller Moon Pies & Movie Stars. Her essays have been published in The Gettysburg Review, The Normal School, Country Living, Alta Journal and other national magazines and anthologies.
Her soon-to-be-released book, How to Write a Novel in 20 Pies is a charming, illustrated book sharing her journey writing a novel, some of her teaching experience, and some recipe-stories on pies, because it was through pie that she claims she survived novel writing.
She was the Associate Director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute in Saratoga Springs, NY for 7 years. She has taught creative writing classes at UCSD and UCLA Extensions. She co-facilitates a bi-annual manuscript workshop with pie. Amy also mentors science and engineering students on personal essays, and has helped scores of writers finish their books with her editing services.
And her pie baking. As a kid, she was a chicken pot pie fanatic. Today she bakes any kind of pie. If you can dream it, she will bake it. Can she whet your appetite with salmon and portobello pie, carne asada pie in a cornmeal crust, and for dessert four-cherry pie or apple ginger pie? Pie, pie, pie.
Traveling Stories is a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California that has been providing low-income children access to quality literacy support since 2010. Their mission is to empower children to achieve their dreams. Since its inception, Traveling Stories has opened eight international libraries, has empowered almost 10,000 local children in San Diego, and has trained almost 700 volunteers.
Founder Emily Moberly was inspired to start Traveling Stories after teaching English to students at a bilingual school in Honduras.