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Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2018

Conference Schedule 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

When Words Won't Come with Jac Jemc, Malka Older, Amy K. Nichols

Date(s): Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Heritage, University Club (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Mixed Genre, Writing Life

About the Session

What happens when the page stretches out in front of you and the words remain stagnant? How do you bring yourself to write when the words just won’t flow? All writers have ideas and hesitations on where to begin. Join our authors Jac Jemc, Malka Older, and Amy K. Nichols in a discussion of how to tackle the blank page—by motivation, habit, trickery, and more. Authors will explore ways to dig up language up from memory and how to use resources to hunt for narrative. Learn from these authors on how to spin stories from the everyday and how the act of writing becomes as important as the writing itself.

Meet the Presenter(s)

A Statement from the Piper Center about COVID-19

In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, this event will be ‘touch free,’ meaning that all authors, faculty, students, and other participants should avoid shaking hands, hugging, taking selfies, or otherwise engaging in physical contact. Additionally, we are encouraging all community members to wash their hands, avoid touch their face, use hand sanitizer, and otherwise follow the official guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. If you are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of a virus, please stay home and seek medical treatment as necessary. Any individuals who are unable to attend due to illness will have refunds issued in full. While we are unable to provide livestreaming or other forms of remote access for this event, we are actively working to ensure this in the future. If you have any questions, please contact the Piper Center accordingly. To learn more, read our full statement on COVID-19 at