"Nicole's clear, vivid prose transports us into the world she describes. We feel as if we're there, with her characters, experiencing both their inner and outer weather. To make us feel we're there is the most important and difficult task of any fiction writer, I believe, and Nicole does it with seeming ease. And "there," in her fiction, is many places--New York City, Cuba, Peru--but most of all, it's the human heart, a place she knows very, very well."
-David Jauss, author of Glossolalia and Crimes of Passion
"Lessons from Shakespeare: What Hamlet Can Teach Us About Creating Memorable Characters," lecture on craft at Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2015
Click on my photo to read my paper on plot structure.
Plot Structure in Three Stories: Essay on Form --- Nicole Chu | Numéro CinqReaders invest in characters who chase after their desires, fail, get up and try again. We root for characters who, in our minds, allow us to imagine what it is like to step into their skin and travel to “incredible destinations.”
Reading in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2014
I nurture young writers to discover their voice through class anthologies and performances (past titles created by students: "Chicken Soup for the Zebra Soul" and "Read This or You'll Never See Your Cat Again").
I mentor the next generation of female writers at Girls Write Now.
- I self-published my first book in second grade; it was a story about two cherries who fall in love.
- I wrote editorials and columns for my middle school, high school and college newspapers and was editor and founder of One Literary Magazine.
- I performed spoken word in NYC, LA, SF, and Oxford.
- I attended a residency in Ljubljana, Slovenia to immerse myself in Slovenian literature and culture in 2014.
- I received my MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015.
- I read fiction submissions for Hunger Mountain.
- I mentor high school writers at Girls Write Now.