Northwest Independent Scholars Association

Next Meeting

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

at Margaret DeLacy's house

Call 503-774-7017 for directions

Jane Elder Wulff  will speak on

"BEYOND WORDS:  The Story of an Orchestra

How the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is building a world-class musical legacy with the community of Vancouver, Washington


Jane Elder Wulff earned the first combined Master's degree in English and Creative Writing awarded by Washington State University. She came to Vancouver in 1967 to teach English at Clark College, but by the late 1980s she was freelancing full time, helping assorted clients tell their stories as a way to support her life's work in long and short fiction and nonfiction. One of these stories, a profile written in 2013, sparked her abiding interest in helping the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra gain the recognition it deserves. She had stopped taking clients to focus on her own work when the VSO asked her to write a book commemorating its 40th season -- a task she has joyfully accepted.

Working to produce a text of around 25,000 words, Jane is conducting all interviews and research, supervising any further editing, and reserving final approval of the published draft, as well as helping to guide photo selection and consulting as needed on publication. She writes, "Unlike any of my previous collaborations, this project is not static, not a twice-told tale. The story continues to actively unfold even as I write it, and VSO personnel are working with me more as colleagues and friends than as clients. Much of what I seek in this NISA presentation will involve my ideas and group feedback for navigating these new-to-me circumstances, particularly the 'waterfall effect' of the unfolding story."



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