S255. Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, and Depression: Troubleshooting the Seven (Deadly?) Sins of the Writing Life

Room 303, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Saturday, March 1, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


How do you stay inspired and hopeful without succumbing to envy of your fellow writers' successes? How, over your career, do you recharge your batteries, deal with rejection, and not be thrown off by early successes? Is ambition a bad thing? How do you deal with disappointment and despair? In this panel, a diverse group of writers working in many genres discusses the perils of these "Seven (Deadly?) Sins of the Writing Life." Attendees are invited to share issues for the panel to troubleshoot.



Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of the travel memoir/subculture investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks. He teaches nonfiction writing at Grub Street in Boston and writes arts/pop culture stories, reviews, and essays for The New York Times, Boston Globe, salon.com, GeekDad, Wired, and NPR's WBUR.

Henriette Lazaridis Power's work has appeared in Narrative magazine, Salamander, the New England Review, The Millions, and The New York Times online. She is the founding editor of The Drum Literary Magazine. Her novel The Clover House was published in 2013.

William Orem writes in multiple genres and has published two collections of short stories and a novel, each of which won a separate prize. His short plays have been produced around the country, and his poetry has appeared in over one hundred literary magazines.

Becky Tuch is the founding editor of the Review Review. She has received literature fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Somerville Arts Council. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Briar Cliff Review, and Hobart.

Ted Weesner Jr.'s work has appeared in Ploughshares, the Cincinnati Review, The Boston Globe, GlamourGastronomica, as well as on National Public Radio. He is a recipient of the PEN/New England Discovery Award, two Somerville Arts Council grants, and a residency at the MacDowell Colony.


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