July 28-31, 2022

New York City


Nicole Blades

Nicole Blades is a novelist, speaker, and journalist who has been putting her stories on paper since the third grade. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by Caribbean parents, Nicole moved to New York City and launched her journalism career working at Essence magazine. She later co-founded the online magazine SheNetworks, and worked as an editor at ESPN and Women’s Health.

As a freelance journalist, Nicole’s articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Writer’s Digest, Health, MarieClaire.com, and more. Her three novels, Have You Met Nora?, The Thunder Beneath Us, and Earth’s Water, are available wherever books are sold.

She has been a presenter and guest speaker at conferences such as Massachusetts Conference for Women; The Muse & the Marketplace; Mom 2.0 Summit; Well-Read Black Girl Festival; Writer’s Digest Conference; the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Retreat, and the Surrey International Writers’ Conference.

Nicole lives in New England with her husband and their son. Find her on social media at: Instagram (@nicole_Blades), Twitter (@NicoleBlades), Facebook (/WriterNicoleBlades), and TikTok (@just_blades).