The Power of Writing with Abandon

Instructor: Grant Faulkner
Date: Wednesday, September 27
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Marian University, Michael A. Evans Center, (EC)/Rm #124 (campus map)   
Cost: $50 nonmembers, $32 members, $28 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members 

One of the biggest obstacles any writer faces is finishing the first draft of a novel. As Joyce Carol Oates said, "Getting the first draft finished is like pushing a peanut with your nose across a very dirty floor." Enter National Novel Writing Month which has generated one of the most effective approaches to writing a first draft and bounding to new imaginative heights.

In this session, Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month, will discuss the power of diving in, banishing one's inner editor, and taking creative risks by writing with abandon. He'll also talk about the often disregarded keys behind every great work: setting an audacious goal and a deadline, tracking your daily progress, and connecting with others in a creative community. Come prepared to write-with abandon!


Grant Faulkner likes big stories and small stories. He is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the co-founder of 100 Word Story, and a member of the Oakland Book Festival’s Literary Council. His stories have been published in dozens of literary magazines, including The Southwest Review, Tin House, Green Mountains Review, and Five Points. He’s also published a number of essays on creativity that have appeared in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer Magazine. He recently published Fissures, a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, and his collection of essays on creativity, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, is coming out with Chronicle Books in the fall of 2017.

Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo

Pep Talks for Writers is designed to kick start your creativity, tap into your mojo, and help you take that next step with your writing—whatever it may be. Grant Faulkner, the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) has written this helpful collection of insights, tricks, and activities for writers at any stage in their creative process.

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