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WLT Saturday Craft Seminar: “1000 Words” with Jami Attenberg

February 24 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST



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A few times a year, the WLT hosts Saturday Craft Seminars featuring a presentation and conversation with an author who has recently released a book on the craft of writing. Everyone who buys a ticket will receive a copy of the book and access to the live event on Zoom (see below for full details).

In February, join us for a virtual presentation and conversation featuring Jami Attenberg, author of the newly released 1000 Words: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round

About the event:

1000 WORDS of Winter: A look at the 1000 WORDS project, from its inception as a summertime project to its evolution as a year-round inspirational metaphor for staying motivated, creative and productive. During this talk, we’ll dive deep into each stage of the process and linger in the season of winter, when we begin new projects, explore what kind of writer we want to be, why we want to write, what kind of subject matter we find compelling, and how to find the courage to simply begin.

The presentation will be followed by a conversation with Jami Attenberg and an audience Q&A session. 

About the book:

Inspired by Jami Attenberg’s wildly popular literary movement #1000WordsofSummer, this writer’s guide features encouraging essays on creativity, productivity, and writing from acclaimed authors including Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, Celeste Ng, Meg Wolitzer, and Carmen Maria Machado.

In 2018, novelist Jami Attenberg, faced with a looming deadline, needed writing inspiration. Using a bootcamp model, she and a friend set out to write one thousand words daily for two weeks straight. They opened this practice to Attenberg’s online community and soon hundreds then thousands of people started using the #1000WordsofSummer hashtag to track their work and support one another. What began as a simple challenge between two friends has become a literary movement—write 1,000 words per day without judgment, or bias, or concerns about writer’s block, and see what comes of it.

1000 Words is the book-length extension of this movement. It is about becoming—and staying—motivated, discovering yourself and your creative desires, and approaching your craft from a new direction. It features advice from more than fifty well-known writers, including New York Times bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize winners, and stars of the literary world. Framing these letters are words of wisdom and encouragement, plus specific strategies, from Attenberg on how to carve out a creative path for yourself all year round.

Paired with vibrant word art illustrations, 1000 Words is an accessible and motivational craft book that allows you to open any page and get a quick and fulfilling hit of inspiration.

This event will take place on Zoom. All registrants will receive a link to the live webinar and will have access to the recording for a full 30 days after the event. Which means, if you can’t join us in person you won’t miss a thing!

What previous Saturday Craft Seminar attendees had to say:
  • “LOVED IT! I loved the format very much. Great content followed by great conversation.”
  • “I love the idea for this series, and I can’t wait to learn more.”
  • “I really like this program and look forward to the next installment.”
  • “A great program as always! Thanks WLT staff for your hard work!!”
  • “These are fantastic courses and have been instrumental in helping advance my craft. Thank you!”

Additional details regarding receiving the book:

All ticket holders residing within the United States will have the option of receiving a physical copy or ebook. Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer a complimentary book to registrants outside of the United States unless you can provide a US mailing address. 

All information needed to send books to registrants will be collected at check out. Please be sure to fill out your information carefully before confirming your ticket purchase. An email will be sent to all ticket holders when books are available. Depending on available stock and the date a ticket is purchased, some books will be available after the date of the event but every effort will be made to make books available in a timely manner.

Featured Presenter(s)

Jami Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships, and urban life for The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerThe Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times (London), The Guardian, and others. She is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All Grown Up, and, most recently, a memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You. Her work has been published in sixteen languages. She is also the founder of the annual #1000WordsofSummer project, and maintains the popular Craft Talk newsletter year-round. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Jami Attenberg is undoubtedly a writer’s writer and a phenomenal talent. There is so much beauty in her craft; a tenderness present even on the sentence level. A compelling literary treasure, Attenberg is a real wonder.” —Kristen Arnett


February 24 2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CST
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