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Get Unstuck!: Moving Forward When Your Writing Stalls Out

Oct 2
Oct 2
2:00 - 4:00 PM CST
Lee Conell
Online via Zoom
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No matter how clear your initial vision for a story, poem, or creative nonfiction piece may be, there's almost always a point in the writing or revision process where you'll get a little (or a lot) stuck. In this class, we'll normalize stuckness as part of the writing process instead of seeing it as a fearful dour sign that the writerly muses have abandoned us forevermore. In fact, we'll use stuckness in writing as its own kind of muse, an interesting viscosity that calls for playful attention. You'll take part in several generative writing exercises to help reframe your current project/projects and to find new roads forward in what you're working on. We'll also discuss methods to get unstuck in the future and work on "prep kits" to break out of the future inevitable moments of stuckness to come.

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Lee Conell is the author of a novel, The Party Upstairs (Penguin Press), which received the Wallant Award. She’s also the author of the story collection Subcortical (John Hopkins Press), which received The Story Prize's Spotlight Award. She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan-US Creative Artist Fellowship, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Millay Arts, Willapa Bay AiR, and Yaddo. Her stories and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Kenyon Review, Oxford American, Glimmer Train, Guernica, American Short Fiction online, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Paris Review Daily, and her work has won the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award and been shortlisted in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

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