Show Me the Money: New and Creative Ways to Fund Your Writing Life

Rooms 427-429, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Saturday, March 11, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


The fantasy for many writers is working for long stretches of hours in a room of one’s own, totally immersed in the craft. But few writers actually write full time. (Maya Angelou worked as a fry cook and Wallace Stevens sold insurance.) This panel will discuss the challenges (particularly to women and writers of color), new solutions, and some surprising benefits of the necessity to earn income while preserving mental energy and stamina to bring forth the work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: CONNELL_AWP_OUTLINE_2023.pdf



Sara Connell's first book Bringing In Finn was nominated by Elle for 2012 book of the year. She has been featured on Oprah and Tedx. Her writing has appeared many national publications including: the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Forbes.

Aatif Rashid is the author of the novel Portrait of Sebastian Khan. He's published stories in The Massachusetts Review, Arcturus, Barrelhouse, Triangle House Review, and other places, and nonfiction in The LA Review of Books and Lit Hub. He wrote for The Kenyon Review blog from 2018 to 2021.

Kurt Baumeister’s writing has appeared in Salon, Guernica, Rain Taxi, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Rumpus. His debut novel, Pax Americana, was published by Stalking Horse Press. Baumeister is an editor with 7.13 Books and holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College.

Dionne Irving is originally from Toronto, Ontario. She is the author of Quint (7.13 Books) and The Islands (Catapult). Her work has appeared in Story, Boulevard, Lit Hub, Missouri Review, and New Delta Review. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Notre Dame.

billy lombardo, a Nelson Algren Award winner, is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, The Man with Two Arms, Morning Will Come, and The C.A.P.E. Crusade: a Guide for Writing a Great College Application Personal Essay. billy holds an MFA from Warren Wilson. He lives in Chicago.


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