To write is to raise yourself out of a darkness, time wound around you like a leash. You're bombarded by fears:
I'm not good enough.
I don't know what to do.
Has somebody already done this?
I can't write about that.
My mother (or my children) might read this.
I'm in a rut.
Life gets in the way.
The writers on our panel will share the fears that threaten their writing and what they do to overcome. We'll bring index cards, prompts, and treats. You bring your willingness to step over the line. Participants will leave with ideas and strategies for overcoming writing fears and becoming more productive.
About the presenters:
Susan Grimm's poems have appeared in Blackbird Poetry East, The Journal, and other publications. Her book of poems, Lake Erie Blue, was published by BkMk Press. She also edited Ordering the Storm: How to Put Together a Book of Poems. She won the inaugural Copper Nickel Poetry Prize and the Hayden Carruth Poetry Prize. In 2014 she received her second Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.
Laura Maylene Walter is the author of the short story collection Living Arrangements (BkMk Press), which won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize and a national gold IPPY. Her writing has appeared in the Kenyon Review, The Sun, Poets & Writers, Michigan Quarterly Review, Tampa Review, Portland Review, and elsewhere. She was a 2013 Tin House Writers’ Workshop fiction scholar, the recipient of the 2011 Ohioana Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, and the former fiction editor of Mid-American Review. She is the editor-in-chief of Gordon Square Review, a contributing editor for Cherry Tree and Neutrons/Protons, and she blogs for The Kenyon Review.
Charles Oberndorf is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop. His three science fiction novels were published by Bantam Spectra, and his short fiction has appeared in Full Spectrum, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. His novelette, Another Life, was reprinted in Years Best SF #15. He’s the Chi Waggoner Chair in Middle School Writing at University School and has moderated the Public Fiction Writing Workshop at Cleveland State University.
Mary Grimm has had two books published, Left to Themselves (novel) and Stealing Time (story collection) - both by Random House. She teaches fiction writing at Case Western Reserve University.