Paneled Discussion @ Pages Bookshop: On Writing Life & How Do Authors Make A Living

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Pages Bookshop for a paneled discussion centered around the central question, how do authors make a living? 

But, it would seem, this is a conversation that no one is having. 

It's no secret that there's little money in writing, and that competition for the few resources — prizes, residencies, — is fierce. From MFA programs to submission fees, we invest heavily in our craft but receive debt and rejection in return. It's difficult not to compare ourselves to our luckier peers: why aren't we winning contests or finding an agent? Why can't we get our grant proposal funded or book published? Why is it so hard to support ourselves with freelance writing or adjuncting? 

These questions are often met with reproach, silent or otherwise, from fellow writers. We're supposed to be in it for the sheer love of the craft, without the need for material reward. But we still need to support ourselves and, too often, new writers applying to retreats, MFA programs, and arts jobs aren't given honest answers about the opportunities available to them — and may not know the questions to ask to start the conversation.

This seminar, conducted in a panel format, aims to open a frank conversation around privilege, hard work, and how writers really make their living. Sitting on the panel will be: 

  • Rose Gorman 

  • Nandi Comer 

  • Anna Clark

  • T.M. De Vos,

  • Matthew Fogarty

  • Kelsey Ronan

  • Toni Cunningham 

  • Ted Houser

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP with your email address below.

Event date: 

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Pages Bookshop

19560 Grand River Ave.

Detroit, MI 48223