F281. Tarot for Writers: Expanding Intuition, Imagination, and Craft

F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


The archetypal imagery of Tarot offers access to the intuitive self that fuels our best creative work. In this panel, several writers discuss how they use Tarot to better understanding the creative process, their own work, and the “psycho-spiritual” journey of writers in all genres. This discussion includes practical exercises and approaches for using Tarot during the writing process, in workshop, and when teaching, regardless of prior knowledge about Tarot cards and their traditional meanings.



Cecily Sailer is the programs manager for the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, where she coordinates community-based creative-writing and literary programs. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston, and she occasionally writes for the Dallas Morning News books section.

Laurie Filipelli is the author of two books of poems: Elseplace and Girl Paper Stone. She lives in Austin where she coaches, edits, and blogs as Mighty Writing.

Catherine Bowman is the author of 1-800-HOT-RIBS, Rock Farm, Notarikon, The Plath Cabinet and Can I Finish, Please? and editor of Word of Mouth: Poems Featured on NPR's All Things Considered. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Indiana University.

F.T. Kola is a recent graduate of the Michener Center for Writers, and is currently the recipient of a Miles Morland Foundation grant. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African writing. She is working on her first novel, and is a member of the Austin Typewriter Tarot collective.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center