“Surprised by Joy”: The Generative Writing Workshop

Rooms 435-436, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Teaching students to develop a creative writing practice often means teaching them ways to overcome writer’s block. Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones, says “like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it.” Panelists, composed of university professors and community instructors, believe that generative writing workshops offer a practical, productive answer to students seeking to grow their craft, build artistic community, and rediscover writing as an act of joy.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Surprised_by_Joy_Generative_Writing_Workshop_Outline_AWP23.pdf



Sara Henning is the author of View from True North (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018) and Terra Incognita (Ohio University Press, 2022). Her forthcoming collection of poems, Burn, is a Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Editor’s Selection. She is an assistant professor at Marshall University.

Rosebud Ben-Oni won the 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery and is the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS. She received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and CantoMundo; her work has been commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

Jose Hernandez Diaz is an NEA Fellow. He is the author of The Fire Eater (TRP, 2020). His work appears in APR, Poetry, The Southern Review, Yale Review, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He has facilitated workshops for The Writer's Center, Beyond Baroque, Litro Magazine, and elsewhere.

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the executive director for Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, most recently Down (SFASU, 2020), and her work has appeared in Guernica, Ecotone, Crab Orchard, and Mid-American, among others.


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