Sands Hall Longer Bio

SANDS HALL’s Flunk. Start: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint), was named one of the top ten books in religion and spirituality by Publishers Weekly, Spring 2018. Other books include the novel Catching Heaven (Ballantine), and a volume of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft, and her stories have appeared in such places as New England Review, Green Mountains Review, and Iowa Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, she holds a second MFA in Theatre Arts; her experience as director, actor, and playwright gives her a unique perspective on the writing process. An Assistant Teaching Professor of English and Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she is also the Founding Editor of the F&M Alumni Arts Review. Sands also teaches annually for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Her work with the University of California Davis Extension Programs earned her an Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Service Award. She was an Affiliate Artist with The Foothill Theater Company, in Nevada City, California; and has acted and/or directed for the Oregon, Colorado, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals, among other regional theatres. Her produced plays include an adaptation of Alcott’s Little Women, and the comic-drama Fair Use. Also a singer/songwriter, Sands’ recent CD is called Rustler’s Moon.