Novelist Chuck Wendig to visit Penn State Behrend

Novelist Chuck Wendig will discuss gender diversity and how it ties into storytelling during his visit to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Monday, March 3.

Wendig’s presentation, titled “Diversifying Fiction: Diversity All the Way Down,” takes place at 4 p.m. in room 114 of the Reed Union Building. The presentation is co-sponsored by the campus' Women’s Studies and Creative Writing programs and is free and open to the public.

Wendig has often challenged stale gender stereotypes with his writing. That’s not by accident.

“I have a wife. I have a mother and sisters. I want a daughter one day. I don’t like a world where they’re less than me. I don’t like a world where they’re targets and victims,” Wendig wrote in a blog post at his official website,

Wendig’s novels “Blackbird,” “Mockingbird” and “The Cormorant” follow the life of Miriam Black, a woman with the ability to see a person’s death after skin-to-skin contact. The novels have garnered attention for how the depictions of Black differ from expected stereotypes.

Wendig has written an additional seven novels and is the co-writer of the short film “Pandemic,” the feature film “HiM,” and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative “Collapsus.” He also developed the game line “Hunter: The Vigil.”

For more information on Wendig’s visit, contact Mara Taylor, lecturer in German/woman studies, at 814-898-6325 or email

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Last Updated January 09, 2015