Women Reclaim the Page: Generative Writing to Beat Burnout

Room 2104A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


In creative writing, the focus is product over process. Producing pages for publication is necessary, but when that goal takes over, what is lost? For women especially, writing solely to publish can lead to burnout. Generative writing might be an answer. These panelists, women who work in both academic and community spaces, champion writing for writing’s sake. Their interactive panel will reclaim writing as a process of discovery and invite attendees to try a few favorite generative prompts.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Women_Reclaim_the_Page_AWP_outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Women_Reclaim_the_Page_slide_deck.pdf



Emma Hudelson is a nonfiction writer living in Indiana. Her book Sky Watch will be out in 2024 with the University Press of Kentucky. Her work appears in the Cincinnati Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She writes about humans, animals, and finding wellness.

Yalie Saweda Kamara, PhD, is a Sierra Leonean-American writer from Oakland, California. She is the 2022–23 Cincinnati and Mercantile Library Poet Laureate (two-year term). She is the author of Besaydoo (Milkweed Editions, 2024). She is an assistant professor of English at Xavier University.

Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the novel Glory Days (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), as well as the short story collection The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press, 2006). She is the founder of the Lafayette Writers' Studio in Lafayette, Indiana and teaches creative writing at Purdue University.

Lisa Low is the author of Crown for the Girl Inside (YesYes Books, 2023), winner of the 2020 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest. Her poems appear in Copper Nickel, Massachusetts Review, Poetry, Southern Review, and elsewhere, and her nonfiction won the 2020 Gulf Coast Nonfiction Prize.

Sakinah Hofler


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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