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BOOK WRITERS FORUM

Book Writers Forum is a monthly, two-hour forum designed for book inc writers who are actively seeking to publish their books. This program aims to foster writing resilience and support the unique demands of the creative process within a supportive community. The pilot program (by invitation only) will run from September to December 2024, with a full launch planned for 2025.

For more information about the program including how to register, please email bookinc@projectwritenow.org

How Our Book Writers Forum Works

Our focus during our monthly sessions will be discussions related to sustaining your writing practice, as you actively submit your work. Additionally, an online Slack Forum will expand on both the monthly topics and additional related posts from Forum members, with categories which may include:

  • best practices for the writing life
  • publication strategies
  • finding inspiration in alternative forms (ekphrastic practice)
  • news on current writing related literature (books, blogs, various media)
  • various group sharing of relevant information
  • GROUP WEIGH-IN -SUPPORT—TIPS & OPPORTUNITIES–CHALLENGES
    • sharing opportunities and sources for information and inspiration
    • reporting on progress using tools, submissions, rejections/acceptances
    • examination of challenges with group discussion and participation
  • SPECIFIC TOOLS TO STRENGTHEN EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE
    • identifying helpful resources for maintaining practical and emotional stability
    • thinking about goal setting, setting routines, fitting writing into existing schedules
    • in-session exercises and suggested (optional) auxiliary writing related activity

Are You a Good Fit for Book Writers Forum?

To participate in the Book Writers Forum you should:

  • Have a completed memoir or novel that you are actively seeking publication. 
  • Be open and interested in creating a viable plan and sustainable practice to submit your work. 
  • Be eager to support, encourage, and provide useful, positive feedback to fellow participant.

Program Details

Cost: $100

Proceeds help support PWN’s community outreach programs. Partial and full scholarship seats are available. Email bookinc@projectwritenow.org for more information.

Schedule

This fall, the pilot Book Writers Forum meets monthly from 7 to 9 p.m. ET on select Tuesdays. 

  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 3 (first week)
Meet the Forum’s Peer Artist Leader, Dr. Lou Storey

Lou Storey, a book inc writer

Lou Storey is a visual artist and retired psychotherapist living in Savannah Georgia, with Steve, his husband of thirty-five years. Lou’s fiction, poems, and creative nonfiction writings have appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times’ Tiny Love Stories, River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, Blue Mountain Literary ReviewMultiplicity MagazineBeyond Queer Words Anthology, finalist in short fiction in The 2024 Tennessee Williams Festival, and journal publications related to mental health. Lou is also a featured artists in the documentary film “The Creative Imperative.”