Alumni publish stories in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books

Alumni publish stories in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books

Reynolds School of Journalism graduate Paul George along with instructor and class of 1987 graduate Jackie Shelton have stories featured in two different “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books available in bookstores now. The dual publishing coup originated in a University of Nevada, Reno Magazine Writing class offered by the School in fall 2012.

George wrote his story, “Adventures of a Middle-Aged College Student” for the class Shelton was teaching. Shelton shared her story, “A Flood of Blessings” with the class as an example of a personal essay, and her students challenged her to submit it for publication. They did the same to George, who submitted his to “Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade,” which was published in August 2013. “A Flood of Blessings” appears in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas,” which came out in October 2013.

“It’s inspiring to see how our students encouraged a classmate and their instructor to submit their work for publication,” said Dean Al Stavitsky. “This speaks to the culture of community that we have in the Reynolds School.”

George’s story is about the events that led him to enroll in college and pursue a career in writing. Currently, he is using his free time to write a novel about Jesus and Thor. He is also starting a remodeling business in Reno and is continuing to look for work in the field of journalism.

Shelton’s story is about a Christmas flood and the events that transformed it from the worst to the best Christmas ever.

Published by Simon & Schuster, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade” and “Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas” are available from most retail and online booksellers.

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