Jessica travels to speak about spiritual writing; literary nonfiction; magazine journalism; religion reporting and editing; the intersection of creativity and trauma; horror fiction and films; motherhood and women in the church; and building creative communities. Click here to book Jessica.

Previous Engagements

Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, University of Notre Dame

Collegeville Institute Emerging Writers Program

Christian Theological Seminary

Associated Writing Programs

The Catholic Imagination Conference, Loyola University Chicago

Writing Your Life, Indianapolis, IN

Festival of Friendship, Pittsburgh, PA

Terra Incognita: The Convivium Gathering, Pittsburgh, PA

Festival of Faith and Writing, Calvin College, Grand Rapids

Tales of Loss and Longing, Chicago

Jessica read during an evening of music and storytelling with The Stapletons (pictured here), Love & Salt co-author Amy Alznauer, and iconographer Joe Malham.

St. Alphonsus Liguori

CONVIVIUM: A Literary Gathering, Pittsburgh 

Taylor University

Religion Communicators Council Convention, Chicago
(Media Panel Plenary: Covering Religion in an Age of Corporatized Media and Self-Made Bubbles: with editors and writers from CBS Radio and Chicago Tribune.)

St. James Cathedral, Chicago

Monmouth College

University of Notre Dame

Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism, Harvard