Grant Faulkner with Jane Ciabattari / Pep Talks for Writers

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:30pm


Booksmith will be welcoming Grant Faulkner to the store for Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. With him is the great Jane Ciabattari—join us!


As Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month, Grant Faulkner knows that the month of November (when NaNoWriMo takes place) is a hotbed of activity, where among a collective consciousness writers dedicate 30 days to writing a 50,000 word novel. Support groups, meet-ups, social media sharing, and news coverage encourage the writers to stick with it. But when the month is over and the holidays arrive, many writers find it hard to keep momentum going.  With this in mind Faulkner has written Pep Talks for Writers, a guide to keeping motivated, creative, and productive through 52 insights and actions that can overcome writer’s block, banish boredom, and revitalize creativity.



This handsome handbook gathers a wide range of observations and advice for writers (and creators in general) at any stage of one’s career. Addressing challenges such as starting a new project, going deeper and taking bigger risks, nourishing your muse, conquering creative doubts, leveraging your creative community, and exploring storytelling skills, this guide belongs alongside well-worn references like the dictionary. 


Whether writing a debut novel, screenplay, memoir, or business plan, Pep Talks for Writers provides motivation, encouragement, and helpful exercises for writers of all stripes.





Grant Faulkner likes big stories and small stories. He is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month and the cofounder of 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House, The Southwest Review, and Puerto del Sol. His essays on creativity have been published in the New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He recently published a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, Fissures.



Jane Ciabattari is author of the short-story collections Stealing the Fire and California Tales. She is vice president/online and a former president of the National Book Critics Circle, a columnist for BBC Culture and the Literary Hub, and contributes regularly to NPR. @janeciab on Twitter.





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Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452161082
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - October 3rd, 2017