If you live in Minneapolis, join me at ModernWell’s first literary conference on Sunday, 1/28 from 1-7PM. I will be moderating a panel and there will be so many great authors there speaking and conducting breakout sessions. Congrats to Katie Vagnino who won a ticket from my giveaway post last week.

I started one of Kathy Fish’s acclaimed two-week flash-fiction workshops this week. I’m nervous to be sharing such raw work with strangers! But excited, too, for the push. l’ll report back when it’s done.

I’ve made this 5 Minute Magic Green Sauce from Pinch of Yum a few times over the past two weeks. It’s really delicious and goes with everything.


I’ve been listening to India.Arie’s “I Am Light” on repeat.

I’ve also had Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on quite a bit. A little blast from the past. It makes me think about one of the characters I started writing about in November.


Really good article at as they prepare readers for their book club pick, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. “‘Persist. Read, write, and improve.’ Jesmyn Ward shares the best writing advice she’s ever received”

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgThis book is really short, but I read it twice, so I say that counts as a full book. I love Fennelly’s straightforward voice. She draws you right in. I preferred the more fleshed out essays to the more micro pieces.

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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, a writing workshop leader at ModernWell in Minneapolis, ModernWell's book club host, and the friendship columnist at The HerStories Project. She reviews 50 books a year on her blog and writes essays, short stories, and articles for other sites and print magazines. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.

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