The Fearless Pen
For many writers, there is nothing as anxiety-inducing as the blank page. This class is designed to help fearful writers find the courage needed to begin, or finish, a project. We will look at writers who admit to anxiety, uncover reasons why we are fearful, and practice techniques that will help us face those fears and produce. Also, we will write. A lot. Students will leave class with 25 pages written toward a project and extensive instructor feedback.
Beth Slattery moved to Seattle after eighteen years of teaching creative writing and literature at Indiana University East. Since her relocation, she has been writing and editing. Beth is currently working on a collection of personal essays about her mid-life marriage to a Zimbabwean, a move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and a reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure. Her most recent publications appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and Southern Women’s Review. Beth’s recent editing work includes being a “beta” reader for an author with a multi-book publishing contract, content and copy editing of a personal essay collection, and providing comprehensive editing services on an edited academic volume that was later published by Oxford University Press. She has an M.A. in fiction writing from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine—Stonecoast.