Forging Your Writing Future with Purpose and Inspiration
It’s been said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. For writers, this means we need to establish our writing plans, goals, and activities with purpose so that we can find and create inspiration naturally. This mindset encourages us to forge our own writing paths through intentional acts, rather than embrace the cliché of the writer who sits and waits for inspiration to strike. In this interactive workshop, we will consider ways to be purposeful about our writing lives and explore techniques to cultivate inspiration and motivation to write in a variety of genres. Participants will engage in writing prompts appropriate for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and have the chance to share what they create during the session.
Julie A. Sellers is a native of Flint Hills. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and French, a Master’s in Spanish Literature from Kansas State University, a Master’s in International Studies and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Wyoming. Julie currently lives in Atchison, Kansas, where she is an Associate Professor (Spanish) and Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Benedictine College. Julie She is the author of the YA novel Ann of Sunflower Lane (Meadowlark Press, 2022) and Kindred Verse: Poems Inspired by Anne of Green Gables (Blue Cedar Press, 2021). She has published three academic monographs on Dominican music and identity, and her creative prose and poetry have appeared in publications such as 105 Meadowlark Reader, Cagibi, Wanderlust, The Very Edge, Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies, Unlost, and Kansas Time + Place.
Julie was the Kansas Author’s Club’s 2020 Prose Writer of the year, and the Kansas Voices Contest Overall Winner in Poetry (2022) and Prose (2017, 2019).