The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Writing while Scared with Ivelisse Rodriguez

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Traditions, University Club (view map)
Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Practice, Writing Life, Writing Practice, Writing Process
Tags: Anxiety, Fear

About the Session

Much writing guidance advises us to just sit down and write. But that sage advice doesn't always deal with the reality of what prevents us from writing. It's often not as simple as a butt not being in the chair. Rather, the anxiety that permeates us when we sit down to write is what prevents us from approaching the blank page. In this session, we will focus on writing through our fear and the negative emotions that too often thwart us. We will utilize goal-setting, journaling, and outlining, among other strategies, to write in spite of the dread that shows up at our writing desk.  

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Ivelisse Rodriguez

Ivelisse Rodriguez’s debut short story collection is Love War Stories (Feminist Press, 2018), a 2019 PEN/Faulkner finalist and a 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES finalist. She is the founder and editor of an interview series focused on contemporary Puerto Rican writers. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and a Ph.D. in English-Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently lives in NC with her beloved Lhasa Apso, Chocolatte Rodriguez.