Writing Life As A Long Game: From Emerging to the Established Writer

Room 3501 GH, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


“Stay focused and stay in love with what it is that you are doing.” — Dianne Reeves, NEA Jazz Master. Writing is a lifelong journey. Often a writer’s success is measured by publication, accolades, and sales. But with all the ups and downs of the writing life—emotional, financial, physical, etc.—what motivates writers to continue sitting in the chair to do the work? And what sorts of habits are needed to create meaningful art for the long haul?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: EVENT_OUTLINE_.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: DavidMura-AWP-WritingasLonggame.pdf



David Mura. Memoirs: Turning Japanese; Where the Body Meets Memory, novel, four poetry books including The Last Incantations. Essay collections: A Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing; The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths & Our American Narratives. Teaches at VONA.

Jubi Arriola-Headley (he/him) is a Blacqueer poet and the author of original kink (Sibling Rivalry Press), winner of the 2021 Housatonic Book Award; his second collection, Bound, will be published by Persea Books in 2024. Find Jubi at www.justjubi.com.

Vincent Toro


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center