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April 4: Author Jessica Anne to present workshop and reading

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Mar 22, 2019

Chicago-based author Jessica Anne will read from her multi-genre book, “A Manual for Nothing,” at 7 p. m. Thursday, April 4 in Room A013 at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus. Anne also will offer a free, creative writing workshop on the same date from 3-4:30 p.m. in Room T332.

“A Manual For Nothing” (Noemi Press), which incorporates fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama, is the story of a young girl who sets out to paint a portrait of her sexual identity and her artistic ability.

A nonfiction editor for MAKE Literary Magazine, Anne (pictured) also serves as an artistic director for the magazine’s biannual Lit & Luz Festival, a celebration of literature and language held in Chicago and Mexico City. She Photo of author Jessica Annealso co-produces Lit Crawl Chicago, a yearly festival in Andersonville showcasing Chicago's literary scene.

Anne also is also an alumna of the Chicago Neo-Futurist ensemble, an experimental theatre company. During her tenure, she wrote, performed and directed more than 300 two minute plays for the late night smash, “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes).” Additionally, Anne is the creator, writer and performer of her one-woman show, “Mike Mother.”

A life-long Chicagoan, Anne holds a B.A. in English, creative writing emphasis, from North Park University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Roosevelt University. For more information visit

Anne’s writing workshop, part of CLC’s Spring 2019 Reading Series, will explore character voice. Writers will learn how to invent persona in their work using hybrid writing, found text, dialogue and rant.

No pre-registration is required. For information, contact Esley Stahl, CLC English professor at (847) 543-2049 or


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