No, Nope, Forget It!: Writers on Preferring Not To

Rooms 445-446, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Saying “no” to unwanted distractions is hard for writers. So when we’re mid-poem or revising a chapter, how do we protect time and energy for our work without estranging others or feeling guilty? How do we frame our “preferring not to” as artistic self-advocacy? Set boundaries and resist burnout? E.B. White declined “for secret reasons,” but this mixed-genre panel will divulge how we quash the boss, nix parcheesi night, gently refuse those pushy students, and know when to say “yes.”

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: No_Event_Outline_AWP2023.pdf



lisa page


Lisa Page is coeditor of We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing (Beacon Press) Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, LitHub, Playboy, The Crisis, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and in anthologies. She directs the creative writing program at George Washington University.

Jung Yun is the author of O Beautiful (St. Martin's) and Shelter (Picador). She's an associate professor of creative writing at the George Washington University, and her work has appeared in Tin House, The Massachusetts Review, The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, among others.

Joseph J. Capista is the author of Intrusive Beauty, selected for Ohio University Press’s 2018 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. He has received awards from the NEH, the Maryland State Arts Council, Sewanee, and Bread Loaf. He teaches at Towson University and lives with his family in Baltimore.

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