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WLT Saturday Craft Seminar: “Truth Is the Arrow, Mercy Is the Bow” with Steve Almond

July 13 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT



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WLT Saturday Craft Seminar - Truth Is the Arrow, Mercy Is the Bow with Steve Almond
Saturday Craft Seminar (Saturday, July 13, 2024)
$ 35.00

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).

NOTE: If you are registered for the 2024 Summer Writing Retreat you are already registered for this event and do not need to purchase a ticket. Have questions about whether this applies to you? Reach out: wlt@writersleague.org.

In July, join us for a virtual presentation and conversation featuring Steve Almond, author of the newly released Truth Is the Arrow, Mercy Is the Bow

About the event:

Author Steve Almond will discuss the emotional struggles that we bring to our writing, everything from the anxiety of exposure to the crippling doubts that drive us into writer’s block—without judgment or platitudes. No question is off limits: Can I tell the truth about my abusive parentIs it wrong to be jealous of a famous friendWhat if I’m just not good enough? At the center of our discussion is a radical question: Is it possible to view moments, and even eras, of creative doubt as necessary and even essential to our artistic growth? And how can we move from anxiety and self-loathing to a posture of forgiveness and curiosity? A session for anyone who’s ever struggled to get going—and keep going—at the keyboard.

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

About the book:

The long-awaited craft book from Steve Almond, based on three decades of writing, failing, and trying again.

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)

Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His recent books include the novel All the Secrets of the World, which has been optioned for television by 20th Century Fox, and William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life. For four years, Steve hosted the New York Times Dear Sugars podcast with his pal Cheryl Strayed. He is the recipient of a 2022 NEA grant in fiction, and his short stories have been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. He also publishes crazy, DIY books.  


July 13 2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT
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Online via Zoom