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WLT On the Writing Life: “Writing Through Difficult Times” with Laekan Zea Kemp

July 22, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT

WLT On the Writing Life graphic, Writing Through Difficult Times with Laekan Zea Kemp on Thursday, July 22 at 8pm CDT
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Most of our programming discusses topics on the craft and business of writing, but we don’t often get to talk about what it’s like to be a human who happens to be a writer. WLT On the Writing Life provides free presentations from writers and professionals on best practices for the writing life, from mental health discussions to yoga for writers, there’s something for everyone.

About the event:

Writing is hard and every author needs the occasional pep talk in order to keep showing up to the blank page. But the past year has been absolutely apocalyptic, the fears that usually lead to fatigue and writer’s block compounded exponentially by daily disasters that never seemed to end. And we’re still in it. Still trying to figure out how to create, how to build an entire mansion on nothing but quick sand. How to stuff our fears and grief and trauma and heartache down deep enough to eke out a few chapters, a few paragraphs, a few words. In this presentation, participants will learn how to reframe their creative practice in order to make it more accessible on difficult days, how to return to writing as a tool for healing, and how grace and grit work in tandem to fuel a creative life.
Join us for this presentation if:
  • You’re struggling to refill the creative well
  • Trauma is affecting your productivity
  • Guilt has you avoiding the blank page
  • The joy you used to feel about your work seems out of reach

Featured Presenter(s)

Laekan Zea Kemp headshotLaekan Zea Kemp is a writer living in Austin, TX. She’s also the creator and host of the Author Pep Talks podcast, as well as a contributor to the Las Musas podcast. She has three objectives when it comes to storytelling: to make people laugh, cry, and crave Mexican food. Her work celebrates Chicanx grit, resilience, creativity, and joy while exploring themes of identity and mental health. Her debut novel, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN BITTER & SWEET was released by Little Brown Young Readers on April 6th, 2021.


July 22, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT
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