Grant Faulkner and Lise Quintana, Pep Talks for Writers

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

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Bookshop welcomes Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for a discussion and signing of his new book, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. Faulkner will be in conversation with Lise Quintana, a Santa Cruz writer/publisher/superhero, who is a longtime NaNoWriMo writer and volunteer.

Faulkner has written Pep Talks for Writers, a guide to keeping motivated, creative, and productive through 52 insights and actions that can overcome writer’s block, banish boredom, and revitalize creativity. This handbook gathers a wide range of observations and advice for writers (and creators in general) at any stage of one’s career. Addressing challenges such as starting a new project, going deeper and taking bigger risks, nourishing your muse, conquering creative doubts, leveraging your creative community, and exploring storytelling skills, this guide belongs alongside well-worn references like the dictionary. Whether writing a debut novel, screenplay, memoir, or business plan, Pep Talks for Writers provides motivation, encouragement, and helpful exercises for writers of all stripes.

"Picasso famously said, 'Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.' How can we be creative every day? That’s the question Pep Talks for Writers sets out to answer. And it’s an important one, right? I know you feel story ideas beckoning you to give them voice. You’ve felt the wondrous, magical rushes of creativity. You know how being creative can change the way you wake up, how you approach your work, how you connect with other people. Approaching the world with a creative mindset is wildly transforming—because suddenly you’re not accepting the world as it’s delivered to you, but living through your vision of life." —Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the cofounder of 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House, the Southwest Review, and the Gettysburgh Review. His essays on creativity have been published in the New York Times, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He recently published a book of essays on creativity, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. He's also published a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, Fissures, two of which are included in The Best Small Fictions 2016.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Open seating. Seats are generally set up one hour prior to the event's start time.



Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452161082
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 3rd, 2017


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