Let’s face it, trying to find the balance between the real world while working towards your dream of writing and finishing your book can seem daunting. But it can be done! In this panel, authors who made it work will share productivity tips and tricks and offer practical solutions to help you make it to the finish line. Scroll down to see speaker bios. Click on the names of any of the presenters to visit their websites.
Moderator: Stacy Hawkins Adams
Heather Bell Adams is the author of the novels, Maranatha Road and The Good Luck Stone. Her short fiction, which has won the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award and James Still Fiction Prize, appears in The Thomas Wolfe Review, Atticus Review, The Petigru Review, Pisgah Review, Pembroke Magazine, Broad River Review, and other journals. A lawyer by day, she also volunteers on the Raleigh Review fiction staff.
Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Athena Dixon is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is the author of The Incredible Shrinking Woman and No God In This Room. Athena is the founder of Linden Avenue Literary Journal and a co-host of the “New Books in Poetry” Podcast.
Lisa Ellison is an editor, coach, writer, and speaker with an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a background in mindfulness. She has spent the last two decades helping clients and students turn difficult experiences into art. She currently teaches courses in memoir, creative nonfiction, and mindful writing. Her life story and essays have appeared on NPR’s With Good Reason and in Hippocampus Literary Magazine, Kenyon Review Online, Huffington Post, and The Guardian, among others.
Stacy Hawkins Adams is an author, journalist and essayist whose writing infuses readers with confidence in their own stories. She has penned nine women’s fiction novels and two inspirational nonfiction books. Her novel Watercolored Pearls has been a featured title in college coursework; Lead Me Home was a Target stores “Recommended Read” and The Someday List was an Essence magazine bestseller. Along with penning books, Stacy curates an inspirational blog at LifeUntapped.com.
This Panel Discussion is available through April 30
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