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Sands is currently Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She began teaching after she earned her MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop and her experience includes The Iowa Summer Writing Festival (she has taught courses there every summer since 1991), the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, U.C. Davis Extension, and seminars for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Sierra Writers (in Nevada County).

Sands' extensive experience as an experience as actor, director and playwright gives her a unique perspective on the art and craft of writing.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: Sands will not be offering any writing workshops until summer of 2010.

Nevada City Workshops with Sands Hall
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Grass Valley Center for the Arts Workshops with Sands Hall
  Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

Iowa Summer Writing Festival 

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley August 3 - 10, 2010

U.C. Davis Extension

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MFA: Fiction, Iowa Writer's Workshop; University of Iowa,
MFA: Drama, University of Iowa
ACT's (American Conservatory Theatre) Advanced Training Program;
San Francisco, California
BA: Drama, University of California, Irvine (Magna Cum Laude)


University of California, Davis Extension: 1998 - present
Creative writing workshops and seminars
Iowa Summer Writing Festival: 1990 - present
Creative writing workshops, seminars, and lectures
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley: 1989 - present
Creative writing workshops, seminars, lectures
Sierra Writer's Workshop: 1993 - 1998
Creative writing workshops
American River College: 1994 - 1998
English and composition courses
University of Iowa Extension: 1990 - 1995
Creative Writing Correspondence Courses


Fair Use, a drama, produced by The Foothill Theatre Company and New Heritage Theatre Company
Catching Heaven, a novel: Ballantine Books; Willa Award Finalist, Women Writing the West, Best Contemporary Fiction, 2001; A Random House Reader's Circle selection.
Little Women; stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel, produced by The Foothill Theatre Company, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Woodland Opera House, and Barstow College Theatre, among others.
"Fair Game-or Fair Use? The Collision of Mary Hallock Foote and Wallace Stegner", Idaho Magazine, Sept. 2004
Introduction, Sierra Songs and Descants, Hip Pocket Press, 2002.
"Abject Naturalism: Lessons from a Tough Workshop";THE WORKSHOP, Seven Decades of the Iowa Writer's Workshop; Hyperion Press, 1999
"A Stolen Life: Wallace Stegner and Mary Hallock Foote"; Wild Duck Review - 1996
"Meanders of Sands: Essays on the Writer's Craft"; Omnium Gatherum, 1995 - present
"A Tide of Metaphor"; Wild Duck Review, 1995


2001: "Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Service in Continuing Education" University Extension, University of California, Davis
1998: May Martin Goyne Outstanding Woman in the Arts Award, for Literary Contributions.


You can email Sands at :

sands "at sign" sandshall "dot" com

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