GSB was thrilled to welcome author and GSB alum Alexis Nedd ‘09 back to campus to share her wisdom and insight with upper schoolers to help them establish their own voice.
As the first segment of this year’s Visiting Author Series, Alexis joined 9th and 10th graders in the Performing Arts & Community Center for an intimate assembly where she discussed her career trajectory as a writer, shared reflections on her time as a student at GSB, and key pieces of advice for aspiring storytellers. In her presentation, Alexis stressed to students that the writing process—and life in general—may not always go the way that you planned and how important it is to embrace that discomfort not as an obstacle, but as a source of inspiration.
As a Brooklyn-based pop culture “fanthropologist” with a love for storytelling, Alexis serves as Senior Entertainment Reporter at Mashable where she covers television, movies, and video games with a focus on sci-fi and fantasy genres, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Game of Thrones. Alexis published her debut novel, Don’t Hate The Player, last June, which was quickly honored as a Summer/Fall 2021 Indies Introduce young adult selection and July/August 2021 Kids’ Indie Next List pick, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Don’t Hate The Player is a fascinating read that follows Emilia, a chronic overachiever by day and a competitive gamer by night. While Emilia has become a master at keeping her online and IRL worlds separate, her balancing act is thrown into disarray when a major eSports tournament comes to her city and a rival team member recognizes her.
After her presentation, Alexis spent time answering questions from students about her favorite aspects of video games and pop culture, what strategies she uses to overcome writers’ block, and how she balances a full time job with writing a novel. We’d like to thank Alexis for taking the time to share her craft with our students and inspiring the next generation of storytellers!