R268. Never on Your Own: Creating Community When Writing Is Done

Gold Salon 1, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Thursday, March 31, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


What happens when the writing group says the writing is ready to send? How can writers support each other, foster accountability, and share resources pre- and postpublication? Members of Booklift, Los Norteños, Seattle 7 Writers, the Shipping Group, and Women Who Submit—groups that focus on promotion, networking, and sending work out—share strategies on how to start and run such a group, how to partner with local bookstores and writing centers, and how to foster community both online and offline.



Waverly Fitzgerald is the author of nine published novels and one nonfiction book. She has received residencies from Hedgebrook and Whiteley Center, a fellowship from Jack Straw and a grant from Artist Trust. She teaches writing classes in person for Hugo House and online for creative nonfiction.

Kathleen Alcalá has five books set in the Southwest and Mexico, including Spirits of the Ordinary and The Desert Remembers My Name. Recipient of the Western States Book Award, PNBA Fiction Award, Governor's Writers Award, Island Treasure, and Con Tinta, Kathleen teaches fiction at the NW Institute of Literary Arts.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the 2013 poetry winner of the Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange. She has work published in American Poetry Review, CALYX, and Acentos Review. She is the creator and curator of the quarterly reading series Hitched and a cofounding member of Women Who Submit.

Josephine Ensign is the author of creative nonfiction and lyric essays, short stories, and poetry. She was awarded a Hedgebrook residency in 2014. She teaches health policy and narrative medicine at the University of Washington. She writes a blog on health policy and nursing.

Kelli Russell Agodon is the author of four poetry collections, the editor of Fire on Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women Poets, and The Daily Poet, a book of writing prompts. She is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and the codirector of Poets on the Coast.


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Kansas City Convention Center