Being a writer requires more than putting words down on the page—too often, it also entails fighting off self-doubt, anxiety, fear, and jealousy. In this class, we’ll consider some of the most emotionally fraught parts of the writing life and discuss strategies for coping with and overcoming such difficulties to focus on what really matters: the writing. Participants will consider wisdom from established authors on this topic, engage in writing exercises designed to get at the heart of what they might fear most, share their own concerns (optional), offer feedback and support to others, and gain a better understanding of what it takes to stay positive, engaged, and centered for the long haul as a writer.
This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.
Laura Maylene Walter’s debut novel, BODY OF STARS, is forthcoming from Dutton. Her writing has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Poets & Writers, The Sun, The Masters Review, Ninth Letter, and many other publications. She has been a Yaddo Fellow, a Tin House Scholar, and a writer-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution and Art Omi: Writers.