Meet Eddie Cantrell, a short story and novel writer who enjoys the ancient sword fighting martial art of Kendo with a self-proclaimed unhealthy Samurai obsession. In fact, his current urban fantasy work in progress will probably have a few samurai-like critters running around. You’ll love Eddie’s perspective on why we need stories, how to stay motivated, and our relationship with the Muse.
In his book The War of Art, Steven Pressfield argues that Resistance is the cause of all human suffering. He asks, “How many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed neuroses, succumbed to painkillers, gossip, and compulsive cell-phone use, simply because we don’t do that thing that our hearts, our inner genius, is calling us to? Resistance defeats us.” Pressfield will help you define the ways that Resistance manifests in your life so that you can overcome your personal barriers. He will also show you not only how to fight, but how to live beyond Resistance in a higher realm of creative living. If you struggle to define and overcome what holds you back from achieving your creative dreams, this book is for you.
Amanda Luzzader has earned millions of dollars from her writing. Most of that has come from her work as a grant writer for a nonprofit family support center. When she’s not writing, her hobbies include reading books, rewashing the same load of laundry, reading books, buying rock hard avocados to discard when they become mushy, reading books, photography, and reading books. Amanda is currently working on the final book in her dystopia series Among These Bones. You’ll love Amanda’s relatable writer beginnings, her belief in our important role in society, and her tips to overcome writers block from her experience as a grant writer.
Meet Lisa Barr, an author, journalist and blogger based in Chicago. She is the award-winning author of the sexy beach read, The Unbreakables (Harper) and the historical thriller Fugitive Colors. The first half of her career was spent as a journalist. She covered everything from “terrorism to sex & relationships” … having served as an editor for The Jerusalem Post, managing editor of Today's Chicago Woman, managing editor of Moment magazine, and an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is also the creator and editor of the popular parenting blog GIRLilla Warfare, and has been featured on Good Morning America and TODAY to discuss this generation’s biggest bullies: Mean Moms. You’ll enjoy learning her secret to consistently writing while raising three daughters, her community-building strategies, and her grounding definition of writer success.
Meet Bevis Lowry, a short story writer and novelist who, after studying art, spent ten years as a bhakti-yoga monk in South India. You’ll love reading about how Lowry’s spirituality influences his work, his perspective on how writers can change the world, and his use of writing to understand all that is outside of himself.