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  • Date: April 11
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm PT
  • Location: Lapis Theater
    1634 11th Ave.

A Special Event with Steve Almond: How to Conquer Writer’s Block and the Other Evil Voices Inside You

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Join us for an evening with Steve Almond, whose new book, Truth Is the Arrow, Mercy Is the Bow, explores the emotional struggles that we bring to our writing. Together, we'll explore everything from the anxiety of exposure to ego need and envy—without judgment or platitudes. The best part? No question is off limits: Can I tell the truth about my abusive parent? Is it wrong to be jealous of a famous friend? What if I’m just not good enough? At the center of our discussion is radical question: Is it possible to view moments, and even eras, of creative doubt as necessary and even essential to our artistic growth? How can we move from anxiety and self-loathing to a posture or forgiveness and curiosity. This is a session for anyone who's ever struggled to get going—and keep going—at the keyboard.

After the talk, Steve Almond will be joined by Tim Keck for a moderated conversation about craft, the writing life, and beyond.

The Bar will be open to serve NA and alcoholic beverages. As an added bonus, we’ll enjoy the world-famous cookies from Seattle's own Hello Robin.

Books, provided by our friends at Elliott Bay Book Company, will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

PLUS, don't miss Steve Almond's class A Wrinkle in Time: How to Master Chronology on April 9 at 5:30 pm PT!

The House bar will be open to serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Tim Keck

Tim Keck

Tim Keck is the co-founder of The Onion, Portland Mercury, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Stranger. He is currently working on a novel called "Balance Rock." He has told many people that it will be done soon.

Steve Almond

Steve Almond

Steve Almond [www.stevealmondjoy.org] is the author of a dozen books, including the NYT Bestsellers “Candyfreak” and “Against Football.” He’s the recipient of an NEA grant for 2022 and teaches at Harvard and Wesleyan. His work has been published in the Best American Short Stories, the Best American Mysteries, Best American Erotica, and the New York Times Magazine. His first novel, “Which Brings Me to You” was made into a major motion picture starring Lucy Hale. His second novel, “All the Secrets of the World,” is under development by 20th Century Fox. His new book, “Truth Is the Arrow, Mercy Is the Bow” is about craft, where stories come from, and the struggle to write.